Plantin History

The Truffle orchard


The truffle is a subterranean fungi that grows symbiosis with certain types of trees, in particular green oaks. In season, we can find truffles in different regions of southern Europe: France, Spain or Italy.
There is more than a hundred of different varieties of truffles. But little present a gastronomic interest, some are not even edible.

Already appreciated in the times of the Greek and the Romans, the production  of black truffle (Tuber Melanosporum) was over a thousand tons per year. Today only 40 to 90 tons are harvested per year depending on the weather conditions.

region productriceTruffles are harvested in different regions of France, Spain or Italy. The map on the right showns these different regions where you can find black truffles (tuber melanosporum) or white truffle (Tuber magnatum Pico).

In France, most of the production is harvested in the South-East of France and very little in périgord. The most important market takes place in the village of Richerenches in northern Vaucluse where over a ton of truffles can be sold in one day.

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Our truffle orchard right next to Plantin