Do you get good and bad truffles?

Our minuscule truffle…….

Our minuscule truffle…….

We’ve never tasted truffles before so we thought we’d go to the famous truffle market at Lalbenque in SW France. http://www.lalbenque.net Here’s the truffle we bought – it’s smaller than a walnut and cost 6 euros.

Black gold - the grated truffle

Black gold – the grated truffle

We left it sitting in with the eggs for a day and then grated it over an omelette. Unfortunately all we could taste was grit! What have we done wrong…..someone tell us please!

Lalbenque Truffle Market December

Lalbenque Truffle Market December

The little town of Lalbenque is transformed when the weekly truffle market takes place. It’s a real tradition here, all the truffle sellers line up behind wooden benches and display their truffles in little baskets with red and white tea towels. They usually like to try and sell the whole basket, mostly to chefs and restaurants I think as there were lots of expensive cars in town that day.

Black truffles in their basket with traditional red and white tea towel

Black truffles in their basket with traditional red and white tea towel

Lots of chat and bidding going on!

Lots of chat and bidding going on! The card this woman is holding is her licence to sell the truffles

More truffles…..

More truffles…..

Jon getting our petite truffe weighed

Jon getting our petite truffe weighed

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One thought on “Do you get good and bad truffles?

  1. Hi there

    You need to put the truffle and the eggs in a sealed container overnight and the eggs will become beautifully infused with a lovely truffle flavour. It works, I promise.

    I don’t know if there are ‘bad’ truffles but there is certainly one variety which is considered quite inferior. I was told at Lalbenque last year that not all the traders who have these make it plain that they are not the real McCoy.

    Enjoy!

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