According to Mr Garzandat, owner of the truffle field in Saint Remy, the Meuse offers an ideal environment for the truffle, also known as the mesenteric truffle, to grow. The Meuse Département has 2 advantageous characteristics:
- the Meuse is on the edge of the region with a continental climate, and according to truffle specialists, together with its clayey, limestone soil, forests rich in oak trees, hornbeams, hazelnut trees, and an average height above sea level of 250m;
- the climate of the Meuse, which becomes cold early, favours truffles maturing early in Autumn.
The surface of the Lorraine truffle is very black and smooth.
It has a very strong, pronounced characteristic smell.
When it matures and is gathered, the Meuse Truffle has a smell of bitter almonds or apricot kernels.
The very powerful aromas of the mesenteric truffles stand up well to cooking, better than any other truffle. It perfumes terrines and sauces astonishingly well. The taste of the Meuse truffle always provokes a reaction from the person tasting it. It has fans and critics - one has to learn to appreciate it.
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La confrérie de la truffe en Lorraine
Founded in 1996, the role of the Confrérie de la Truffe en Lorraine (Brotherhood of Lorraine truffles) is to promote and make known Lorraine truffles.
From October to March, Jacques Haim sells his fresh truffles and offers à la carte and fixed menus - all with truffles, as well as courses about truffles and foie gras, presentations, tastings, cookery lessons
The truffle field of Saint Rémy
At the truffle field of Saint-Rémy-La Calonne, you can go looking for Lorraine Truffles with guided tours of the truffle field:
- demonstration of a truffle dog at work
- tasting for specialities with Lorraine truffles
- sale of fresh local truffles and truffle plants.
Navi truffle farm
The Navi truffle farm offers truffles from the Meuse and from Burgundy. Fresh truffles in season and terrines with truffles.
Maison de la truffe et de la trufficulture
Situated in a former firm Lorraine, near the big truffle field of Boncourt (six hectares), The house of truffles emphasizes this local product xhich develops naturally in the forests of the region of Lorraine and more particularly in the Meuse.