French Truffle cultivation
The French Production and the producing Regions
little over a century ago, according to statistics established by
Mr. Chatin, France produced 1,320 tones of black truffles, or Tuber
Melanosporum. The southeast produced 785 tonnes, or 60% of the total
national production, with the main producing departments being the
Vaucluse, the Drome and the Alpes de Haute Provence.
southwest produce 445 tonnes, or 33.5% notably in the Lot and the
center and the west of the country produced the remainder of the
truffles, or 6.5% essentially in the Charente.
truffle production areas have evolved, and the truffle cultivation
has greatly decreased.
upon the year, the average annual production is in the order of
20 tonnes, with occasionally the total production growing to as
much as 46 tonnes.
of the production is still essentially in the southeast, mainly
in the Drome, the Vaucluse and the Alpes de Hautes Provence, being
the three principal departments (in 1999/2000 the national total
was 30 tonnes, of which 27.4 came from the south-east and 3.6 tonnes
from the south-west). From this production advantage stems the fact
that the Tricastin area has it's own appellation or kind of truffle
called the "truffe noire du Tricastin". The main areas
of production are in the northern Vaucluse and the southern Drome.