Weather wreaks havoc on French truffles

2016-02-25 22:44
A close up of black truffles (Tuber Melanosporum) in Chinon. (Guillaume Souvant, AFP)

A close up of black truffles (Tuber Melanosporum) in Chinon. (Guillaume Souvant, AFP)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Valence - The key Tricastin market for black truffles in southeastern France is closing two weeks early because of "catastrophic" underproduction blamed on a hot summer and a mild winter, the industry said on Thursday.

"The weather has been catastrophic. The summer was very hot and dry, and there wasn't the desired moisture," said Michel Courvoisier of the French truffle growers federation FFT.

"In the autumn we didn't have rain at the right time and the winter was mild," he added.

Southeastern France accounts for nearly three-quarters of national production of the "black diamond", which can fetch around €500/kg.

According to the FFT's estimates, this season's output from the region was around 29 tons, compared with last year's 40 tons.

Overall production of the delicacy is projected at just 35 tons this year, compared with 56 tons in 2015.

The finest black truffles have a subtle aroma and an earthy flavour reminiscent of rich chocolate.

Read more on:    france  |  agriculture  |  plants

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.