Sunday, 6 June 2021

Truffles in the Loire Valley

Black Truffle Tuber melanosporum (Fr. Truffe noire) is native to the Loire Valley, but has long since disappeared from the wild. According to my expert botanist friend François the best place to find truffles was under isolated oak trees in the middle of wheat fields, but fifty years of modern farming practices and fungicides sprayed on wheat crops have destroyed the habitat for truffles. Nowadays they are cultivated, in orchards planted with inoculated oak trees. Black Truffles fruit in the winter, and over winter there is a series of specialist markets in the otherwise undistinguished village of Marigny-Marmande.

Buying a truffle at a market, Indre et Loire, France. Photo by Loire Valley Time Travel.
Me buying a truffle at the market.

If you would like to learn more about truffles how truffles are cultivated, and maybe even experience the pungent savoury atmosphere at the truffle market, let us know when you book your tour with us.

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