If you have always wanted to have your own truffle reserve here is your chance - and it's hassle free. The Martino family have been working with INRA The French National Institute of Agricultural Research (www.international.inra.fr) to perfect growing techniques.
Also called the Black Trumpet, these mushrooms are known in France as Trompette des Morts which literally means the Trumpet of the Dead. It’s not a very appetizing name but it is the most delectable mushroom. This season the markets of Provence offer a wide selection of mushrooms. We have had regular rainfall this autumn which makes for a good mushroom harvest.
On December 24th just after the celebration of midnight mass 13 desserts which symbolise Christ and the 12 apostles are served. In Provence there is no traditional cake or pie at this time of year. Instead they prepare a gathering of what used to be exotic fruit and nuts that came to the seaport city of Marseilles from other Mediterranean ports.
The 16th Annual fair opens its doors in Arles from November 26-30th, 2009 from 10 am - 8 pm daily. Discover antiques, pottery, santons, wines and find foods from local producers like goat cheese, honey, cured meats, olive oil, Camargue rice and salt. Have a look at the website to spot which of the 150 exhibitors you don’t want to miss. www.provenceprestige.com
Each year several villages in Provence honour the pumpkin and other gourds. There’s nothing quite like a medieval village decorated with autumnal arrangements to celebrate the season. In France they call the Pumpkin Festival “La Fête de la Courge”. It promises to be a great family outing and a perfect picture opportunity.