All summer long, the Dordogne Valley is a playground for Europeans on holiday. But as winter rolls in, visitors take a back seat as local trufficulteurs head to the region’s rocky woods and sun-dappled pastures for truffle-hunting season.
Every year, hungry tourists fill the lively medieval village markets and restaurants to buy and eat this subterranean fungi but few actually come to harvest these costly aromatic nuggets.
From California to Australia, there are 70 varieties of truffles cultivated word-wide with 30-odd varieties grown in Europe alone. However, the king of truffles and the only variety that any serious truffler will get out of bed for, is the Tuber Melanosporum, or better known as the truffe noire.