The Tricastin region is the centre of French production of the famous black truffle (60% of national production). This prestigious “black diamond”, once widely consumed, has today become rare, a refined delicacy to be found on the best tables.
The truffle's specific characteristics have made it something as mysterious as it is unique. In effect, nobody can fully explain its underground life, its uncommon black colour, the woodsy fragrance and strong taste.
Yet, this mushroom seems to have found in our region the particular conditions necessary to grow and develop naturally: a tree, preferably oak, a sufficiently chalky soil and, finally, a Mediterranean type climate.
Hunting for the Black Truffle
Trufficulturist and his truffles hound
Truffle pig in Vaucluse
Rates of the black truffles on the market of Carpentras
Basket of Truffles
A glass of wine and a dish with a truffle base
Black Truffles of Provence
But nothing should be taken for granted! Because the delicious Tuber Mélanosporum with its enchanting personality might not reappear there where the land and the people have generously provided it with everything it needs, disappearing and taking with it all its secrets. But when the truffle is with us... what joy!
The Maison de la Truffe et du Tricastin
Rue de la République
26130 Saint Paul Trois Châteaux
Truffle Markets (from November to March)
Tuesday: Grignan, Saint Paul Trois Châteaux
Wednesday: Valréas ((84)
Saturday: Richerenches (84)
Sunday: Saint Paul Trois Châteaux (reserved for private individuals)
Digging for truffles
To discover this marvellous mushroom, don't hesitate to go meet the truffle farmers and hunt for truffles in their company!
Truffle Festivals: 2nd and 4th Sundays in February – Saint-Paul-Trois-Chateaux
Cardoon and Truffle Market – Montbrizon sur Lez
Truffles, cardoons, chocolates, poultry, oysters and Coteaux du Tricastin wines
Truffles Menu and entertainment