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truffles are celebrated yearly
in february, in Carpentras.
TRUFFLES, THE BLACK DIAMONDS OF PROVENCE

For several hundred years, the Ventoux foothills have been an important truffle area, supplying truffle markets including that of Carpentras on Friday mornings. To find truffles, just follow your nose...

Dogs or pigs? For harvesting, we tend to use dogs. As for flies, they tend to be used more by amateurs or poachers.

The truffle is a rare product that has retained all its mystery. Much remains to be discovered. For instance, some trees host the mycorrhizae on their roots while others don’t. When they do, there is a conspicuous circle where grass does not grow, called the burnt patch or the witch ring. Dogs and pigs alone are then capable of finding the exact location of a ripe truffle.

When you visit Provence, farmers who have diversified into agritourism will tell you all about truffles, show you ’cavage’ (harvest) and let you sample them. (Link to Joël Gravel and Mireille’s website for accommodation).

Le calendrier de la truffe :
Black truffle (Melanosporum) season goes from late November to early March, while white truffles (Aestivum) are harvested from May to August.

 

PRODUCER WELCOMING
Some truffles producers, as part of their diversification, welcome you in lodges or B&B. They will share with you the passion of their experiences and skills.
  • Mireille Gravier
    2036 petite route de Carpentras
    84210 Pernes les Fontaines
    06 87 02 03 80
    La Villa Noria
    4 route de Mazan
    84330 Modène
    04 90 62 50 66
  • Brouillade aux truffes
    INGRÉDIENTS
    Truffes
    PRÉPARATION
    Râper une truffe bien lavée et verser dans une brouillade d’œufs préparée selon votre recette habituelle.
    Sinon, sachez que la truffe est excellente avec des pâtes et un peu d’huile d’olive ou bien sur une écrasée de pommes de terres avec huile d’olive, poivre et sel.
    Pour garder ses qualités gustatives, il ne faut pas qu’elle cuise longtemps.
  • There is also a white truffle (Tuber aestivum) harvested from May to August, but its taste and scent are less powerful than those of the Tuber melanosporum, the black one.