Truffles! Don’t you love them. rich, intense, savoury and deeply addictive, I always feel for those poor truffle dogs who seek them because they love them so much, only to have to give them to the truffle hunter when they find them.
This week I am in Lyon and the Rhône-Alpes region. Specifically for the Bocuse D’Or, but also investigating the surrounds. Given the surrounds include villages with lots of truffles, Valrhona chocolate city and the wonderful bouchons of Lyon, it has been a busy and delicious week.
Saint-Paul-Trois-Châteaux is a small town in the Drôme Provençale. Gorgeous and petite, it is well known for truffles and the traditional truffle market, which is for retail only, people like you and me. Many of the other truffle markets are for trade and in large volume.
The truffle market is managed by the people of the town, a committee gather every Sunday morning when it is truffle season and grade the truffles according to quality, and ensuring that only the best are sold. They make local speciality raviole in truffle cream in the preceding days to sell at the market, for just €6 with a glass of local white wine, and on the morning that I visited the local doctor was one of the people serving it up. The highest quality truffles retail for €80 per 100g, which as truffle fanatics will know is a terrific price. You know you are getting great quality too.
With thanks to Rhône-Alpes Tourisme, who sponsored my visit.