Meuse is home to a tradition that you might expect to find more often in the South of France. In the 17th century, this was the first region in France to produce truffles (the famous “tuber uncinatum” and “tuber mesentericum”). Even today, the subtly-flavoured fungus is still found in many different forms in Meuse.
Truffle-flavoured desserts at the Ferme de Navi
The Navi truffle farm is an accredited teaching farm which arranges cookery classes with local sponsors. Cookery students follow the advice and tips given to them by a chef and make a range of dishes containing truffles e.g. creamed parsnip with truffle and a grapefruit and coriander reduction; truffle chocolate with a coconut sponge etc.
From the pungent earthy fragrance of the truffle to the delicate hazelnut scents of the uncinatum truffle, the subtleties are also revealed in desserts using unexpected combinations of ingredients.
Meuse truffles – worth seeing, worth hunting and worth tasting
The Maison des Truffes in an old Lorraine farmhouse in Boncourt-sur-Meuse is the first truffle farm in Eastern France and is something of an experiment. It employs scientists and trains would-be or experienced truffle farmers, organising “Truffle Discovery” markets on Saturdays in autumn where local truffle producers have the quality of their truffle certified by an inspector before the market opens.
This is an experience that draws on all the senses. Learn all about truffles in the 450 sq. metre exhibition with its entertaining layout, HD film, cookery classes and tasting sessions. Truffle hunting demonstrations can be arranged for groups of 15 people or more : book at the tourist office in Commercy.
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