Truffles in the Dordogne – THE BLACK DIAMOND
Its that time of year again – visit the Dordogne in January/February and learn how to find the beautiful black truffle. The market in St Alvere is the place to visit. There are lessons on how you use the truffle in your cooking – Ask us how and where.
Whilst visiting the Dordogne one must definitely take the time to visit the Truffle Orchard of Pechalifour. It is close to Saint Cyprian which will take you only 30 minutes to get there by car and what an experience!!
Yesterday was a cold and rainy day we arrived at the Orchard to be met by Mr Edouard Aynaud, who spent the next hour and a half enthusiastically explaining how truffles are grown and then found.
Later we all followed Mr Aynaud and his two faithful truffle hunting dogs into the orchard and it was Christopher (my nephew) who dug up the largest one.
Finding the perfect truffle
Dogs are searching for the truffles
Truffles – The black diamond
What is interesting is that one needs to be careful where you buy your truffles. You will find truffles on the market. The going rate is 1000 Euros per kilogram. Make sure that what you buy is fresh and has a good scent. Store your truffle/truffles in a plastic container by wrapping both the truffle and fresh eggs in a tea towel and seal it. You will find that when you cook your eggs they will have a wonderful flavour of your truffle.
Watch out for truffles in little jars that are from China you may not be actually be buying a proper truffle!!!
A small truffle in a container with your eggs works too
Truffles the “gold” of the Dordogne Valley