|"The clients are less numerous
this year because they speculate on an unaffordable price
for the truffles and therefore, in anticipation of that, they
have worked out this season's menus leaving out our truffles!"
explains a seller.
Nonetheless the fact remains that last year it was more like
300 kg of truffles that were sold at the market and if
we look back over the last 50 years production has fallen
at a dizzying rate. Before the Second World War, the Vaucluse
gathered 1500 tons of truffles per year, compared to
about 18 tons today. Everyone has their own explanation,
more or less original, but they express their opinions. For
the older generations the cause lies in the Earth which is
slowly dying: "With all this pollution, the earth is
suffocating, the worms are no longer there to turn the soil
and therefore the truffle is no longer nourished".
The truffles of Tricastin
|This morning, 50kg of tuber
melanosporum were sold at 700 € the kilo. A meager
market in some ways. "You can't say that this year
was a good year for the truffle. But the media does
the rest in giving false informaton to the client. Even
if we've seen more glorious years in terms of harvest,
it's not completely catastrophic.