On the first day of the 1999 Carpentras market, 682 pounds of truffles were sold!. The amount is equivalent of an entire harvest for a rainy year. No matter how wonderful it is in an omelet or wrapped in a pastry, the best way to savor is to eat on a piece of rustic bread , sprinkled with sea salt , truffles can be bought more cheaply as a preserve. During the preserving process the truffle is cleaned and sterilized for 3 hours, the truffle loses 25 percent of its original weight. The juice can be saved for cooking purposes. Comtat has , for the past few years, held the record for producing the largest truffles, weighing as much as 14- 30 ounces . Comtat is home to numerous restaurants, famed for their truffles dishes.
Truffles in history.
They were described as a ” miracle of nature” , the Romans ate them like candies during performances at the theater. The popes at Avignon gave them pride of place at their banquets. Francis I ate them as comfort food as he was prisoner of Charles V , the duchess of Berry, who was plagued by scandal, is said to have fed her husband truffles, she was convinced of their aphrodisiac properties. During the 18th century, fashionable society would eat them during the interval at the opera and by the 19th century, elegant meal was considered incomplete without them.
Join us in the Fall 2015 when we will go foraging and hunting for mushrooms in Luberon, Provence.