Having been in the Dordogne for 30 years, I have never actually bought a truffle. There is so much talk about them and how you would need a mortgage to buy one that unfortunately I have always had to resist truffle temptation.

However, last week at the Saturday morning market at Bergerac, I spotted a tiny piece of truffle on a stand held by the Groupement des Trufficulteurs de la Vallée de la Couze et du Bergeracois*.

The price of truffles is determined by the category. Mine was second category which sell for a whopping 800 € a kilo. First category was 900 € a kilo. I paid 8 € for 10 grams.

Serious business

I remember years ago while at the market in Sarlat the truffle stand was guarded by a few gendarmes. You were not allowed to touch them. It was serious business. So, walking away from Bergerac market I was taking it just as seriously. With my 8 € little black diamond in my bag, I held it close to me while constantly looking over my shoulder for any truffle bandits and reminding my partner to be my body guard.

Truffles are elusive, surrounded in mystery and feature a lot in Périgoudine cuisine. When I got my truffle home, I couldn’t stop examining it and wondering what all the fuss is about.

Later that day, I made an omelette with small pieces of truffle then served it with shaved truffle on the top. The verdict? Truffles have an unusual woody and earthy smell and taste which I think I could grow to like. I’m glad I gave in to truffle temptation this time but before making a final judgement, I would like to taste a dish cooked with truffles by a proper chef in a good restaurant.

Nifty Nini

I certainly enjoy the mystery surrounding truffles. If you would like to read more, go to my very first blog and have a laugh about Nifty Nini, the truffle pig.


* The Groupement des Trufficulteurs de la Vallée de la Couze et du Bergeracois is part of the Fédération Départementale des Trufficulteurs du Périgord.