Truffle Hunting at Mount Ventoux

Provence’s legendary summit, Mount Ventoux is a privileged place to visit in any season. At the time of the truffle harvest, this land of flavors attracts many visitors, determined to find the famous ‘black diamond.’
By Mélissa Darré

Towering over the Vaucluse Mountains, Mount Ventoux is one of those unmissable sites on the Provencal landscape. Covered with green vines, lavender fields and blooming orchards in spring and summer, it does not lose its splendor with the arrival of winter. With unique fauna and flora, the ‘Giant of Provence’ has bright white limestone soil, crucial to the development of richly perfumed truffles.

During a winter walk, follow the trails through the foothills of the vast mountain range for a chance of unearthing the famous black truffle at maturity. It’s a particularly enjoyable treasure hunt at the opening of the Gorges de la Nesque, where the tracks over the rocky slopes of Mount Ventoux offer splendid views.

Passing through the small village of Monieux will also give you the opportunity to discover all the secrets of the black mushroom, during a visit to the Truffle Museum. As for food lovers, they’ll enjoy a stop in one of this ancient medieval city’s welcoming restaurants. In soups, omelets, mashed potato or whole, truffles are adapted to a range of recipes as surprising as they are tasty.

Truffle Hunting at Mount Ventoux
Truffle Hunting at Mount Ventoux
During a winter walk, follow the trails through the foothills of the vast mountain range for a chance of unearthing the famous black truffle at maturity
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