|It's here in Carpentras that the
market for the "black diamond" takes place every
Friday morning during the winter months. The market bring
together farmers from the region and wholesalers, as well
as individuals who have come to initiate themselves, tourists
and the old people of Carpentras, supervisors and commentators
of the event.
|They sniff, they brush,
they may even cut into the mushroom to determine quality:
Out of thirty listed varieties of truffles, the tuber
melanosporum with its slightly bumpy contours and black
flesh subtly veined with white is the one which is traded
at the markets.
The Truffles Market is the only one in Provence carried
out with such unparalleled discretion. All converation
is whispered into the ear! Luckily there are the "oldies"
who chat away endlessly, rendering the moment slightly
less disconcerting for the tourists.