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Dordogne, France

Black Truffles of the Dordogne

Posted by Luci Ackers on Dec 03, 2015
Truffles of the Dordogne
Truffles of the Dordogne
  • Truffles of the Dordogne
  • Black Truffles of the Dordogne
  • Black Truffles of the Dordogne
  • Black Truffles of the Dordogne


Périgord, or the Dordogne, is famous for a variety of things such as its stunning landscape, its culture and of course the food. But one main attraction for foody types is the presence of the elusive black truffle. The black truffle is a dark tuber of the fungi family and is incredibly sought-after; it's one of the most valuable truffle species and is sometimes named the 'Périgord Truffle' after the region it is native to.

Growing amongst oak and hazel trees, this truffle is usually found in late autumn and winter and will often be sold at the traditional produce markets that regularly fill the quaint Dordogne market towns.

One popular walk from Constant leads guests straight past the truffière of Claude Perrot, who digs these Dordogne delicacies in the woodland with his truffle-hounds. Traditionally pigs were used for hunting truffles, but now dogs are preferred: they're easier to train and they don't go around eating them all!

Claude explains how harvest time for him is between December and the beginning of March.The truffles have a very unique aroma and taste, so though some may start appearing as early as October, if you harvest them too early the smell is weak and the flavour is nowhere near as good.

The most important truffle market in the area is in St. Alvère. Trade begins at the beginning of December and carries on right through to February. Sarlat is also well-known as a gastronomic centre and it holds a weekend truffle festival each year in January. This brings many people to the town for the famous food and the weekend often entails culinary events, workshops, lectures and demonstrations. Next year's will be taking place on the 16th and 17th January 2016.

Claude's top tip is not to over do anything when it comes to truffles: don't over cook them, and don't over use them. A little goes a long way! The truffle goes beautifully with egg; keep things simple and have that on toast, or maybe add a bit to baked potato and cheese, or sprinkle onto salmon. A dash of truffle adds a little something special.

Make sure you don't pass up the opportunity to try the black truffle while you're in the Dordogne. Keep your eyes peeled next time you're walking the area around Constant, because who knows when you may come across these famous delicacies. To find out how to stay here for yourself simply follow the link below. 

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Luci loves getting out and about for a good cycle ride or easy-going walks in the countryside, and thoroughly enjoyed the time she previously spent working for the National Trust. Her love of writing started from a young age and on rainy days nothing beats curling up in a secret corner with a good book.

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