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Black Truffle in Provence
Séjours Truffe en Provence
The truffle market in Carpentras opens on friday 15 November 2013
The black truffles of Tricastin

The black truffles of Tricastin
The Carpentras Market

8:30 in the morning in Provence. Carpentras wakes up to a misty sky, gripped by a biting chill. In the center of town, the terrace of the Café de l'Univers comes to life with each steaming expresso. A group of bérets carries on heated discussions around mysterious pouches. As you approach the terrace, the air becomes more fragrant. A powerful and persistant odour fills the air and tantalizes our tastebuds. No doubt about it, it's truffles.
 
black truffles

The Carpentras Market Sales of black truffle
Black truffle

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.

truffle grower Taste of the black truffle
tuber melanosporum
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.

8:45, the master of ceremonies, dressed in black from tip to toe, walks to the middle of the square and blows the whistle that starts the negotiations. "Around here, we call him the blackbird!". It takes ten minutes, not a second more, for the affaire to be concluded. The market empties as discretely as it filled; the merchants leave with their precious goods. It goes completely beyond us! But patience, the ritual is not over!
 
Black truffle brotherhood
   

Markets
Carpentras: Friday morning
Richerenches: Saturday morning
Vaison-la-Romaine: Tuesday morning
Valréas: Wednesday morning
Chamaret: Monday morning
Grignan: Tuesday morning
Saint-Paul-Trois-Châteaux: Tuesday morning
Nyons: Thursday morning
Suze-la-Rousse: Friday morning

The Festivals
Richerenches : truffles mass the third Sunday in January
Saint-Paul-Trois-Châteaux : sampling of truffles omelets at the Maison de la Truffe - 04 75 96 61 29

The truffle market in Saint Paul Trois Chateaux created by the initiative of producers willing to take responsibility for the destiny of their production. This market is for individuals, which most often does unsure where to find truffles, and especially where to buy with confidence...

The association defines the area of production restraint to the market, recognizes owners on the market, watch carefully to the quality truffles (range, frozen, maturity ,....)

The market is opening on December, every Sunday morning from 10am to 12pm, around the fountain The Esplan, and until the end of March.

   
© text: Sandrine Moirenc © photos: José Nicolas

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