Truffle season is about to kick off on the weekend of Nov 21st in the town of Richerenches where the price per kilo of this elusive commodity is set for all of France every Saturday morning in the presence of la Direction générale de la concurrence, de la consommation et de la répression des fraudes – the French anti-fraud squad. Richerenches is the largest truffle market but truffles are sold at many other village markets from November through March as well , including Apt, Carpentras and Rognes.
If you want to go behind the scenes to find out more about how the coveted fungus grows, you can take a tour of a Provençal truffle plantation with Les Pastras in Cadenet near the Luberon mountains. You will learn how truffles are cultivated and truffle dogs are trained, hunt for truffles (known as cavage in French) with professional hunters who know all the tricks of the trade. Tours are followed up with a sampling of fresh truffle hors d'oeuvres, Champagne and a tasting of Les Pastras olive and truffle oil.
Truffle Hunting Tour: Cost: 70€ per person Minimum of 2 people. Weekend tours at flexible hours, weekday tours 4pm. Please book at least one week in advance. Winter season: November 15 – March 15 www.lespastras.com