Truffles, from the plate to the harvest

Truffles in cooking … A guaranteed extraordinary dish.

Don’t be fooled, truffles, a rich and powerful fungus, love simple recipes. Sometimes you just need to grate a few shavings on some buttered bread, or savoury, in a sauce, in cream of pumpkin soup or scrambled eggs. Although it is a precious commodity, a few grams are enough to flavour your recipes. Raw, savoury or sweet, it is the star of your winter menus.

 

Assiette aux truffes Brouillade aux truffes

 

Patisson aux truffes St-Jacques et truffes Mesclun aux truffes

 

A little tip: the black truffle, Tuber Melanosporum, which is found in abundance in the Vaucluse, doesn’t really like the cooking process. To enjoy its heady yet volatile scent, favour adding it at the last moment or to a mixture that has not been heated much.

 

Yet where can you find it?

This fungus is well hidden. It begins life and grows underground and never comes out. Only the exceptional sense of smell of our canine friends is able to track it down.
A story of truffles…
A true truffle-harvester, game bag strapped over the shoulder, never leaves without his dog! It is a delight to watch as the dog picks up the scent at the feet of the oak trees, zigzagging, waging his tail under the encouragement of his master, who has already put aside a few treats. Three or four energetic paw swipes and there you have it! Black and fragrant, it’s your turn to sniff it! >> See the truffle-harvesters

Cavage de la truffe

 

Truffle harvest

 

The Vaucluse truffle markets and other fetes

marché aux truffes de Richerenches

For those less inclined to walk on cold winter days in search of the black gold, you just need to go to the truffle markets. They take place during winter, from the end of November to the start of March. Don’t expect an expression of exuberance and Provence cheek. The truffle market is discreet, almost silent. The atmosphere there is unique and a little mysterious, even like that given off in the presence of a “diva”. In the little jute bags, the traders discreetly present their discovery. With the preparation of the recipe to come already in their heads, the top chefs weigh up, smell and discuss. You are attending a meeting of passionate enthusiasts.>> See the calendar of "truffle" markets and fetes

 

 

Like all stars, the truffles are photographed, exhibited and put on stage. Do you want to uncover some mysteries? An underground fungus? Is its life in symbiosis with an oak, a hazel tree, a lime tree, etc.? To find out more, three Museum-stores in Vaucluse will talk to you about it.

 

The truffle museums

Small truffle and wine museum

Small truffle and wine museum in richerenches

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Truffle and Wine Center in the Luberon

Truffle and Wine Center in the Luberon

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Ventoux Truffle museum

Ventoux Truffle museum
in Monieux

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Are you curious, epicurean or in love with Provence? You are invited to a complete immersion in this land which is the source of truffles, between Mont-Ventoux and Luberon. From the harvest to the plate upon departing your hotel or guest house, you will be like a pig in clover, with truffles!

 

Weekends around truffles

Hunting the Black Diamond in Provence

Hunting the Black Diamond

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Black Diamond Weekend

Black Diamond Weekend

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Truffle Secrets in the Luberon

Truffle Secrets in the Luberon

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Weekend with a Truffle Grower by Mont Ventoux

Weekend with a Truffle Grower by Mont Ventoux

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Truffle stay at Mont Ventoux

Truffle stay
at Mont Ventoux

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