Chapeau

truffle-sarrion-teruel-spainAt 600 euros per kilo, the biggest black truffles at the annual truffle fair in Sarrión earn the respect of hungry onlookers. While tasting them is expensive, smelling them is free, and if you ask me, the best thing about truffles. The tiny town of Sarrión, in Teruel, Aragón, has been known for its truffles for decades, though mostly to the French, who, say locals, came here to buy truffles and pawn them off as expensive French ones from Périgord. Of course, that was in the days when truffles only grew wild. Nowadays, truffles are farmed by impregnating the roots of appropriate trees and then planting them in poor soil, where truffles do best. The price hasn’t gone down, but shhh, don’t tell anyone. The annual truffle fair in Sarrión exists thanks to the ladies who run Manjares de la Tierra, who together have reversed the fortunes of this humble pueblo. Hats off.

To walk in to a large building where dozens of producers are displaying hundreds of truffles is one of the most memorable olfactory experiences you can hope for. This year, the fair runs from December 5th to the 8th. Photo ©Mike Randolph

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10 Responses to Chapeau

  1. Ade December 3, 2013 at 01:19 #

    Wonder if the truffle pigs are pata negra?

  2. Mike Randolph December 3, 2013 at 01:59 #

    All pigs love truffles! (Including many animals that are not, ahem, technically pigs.)

  3. Mike Booth December 3, 2013 at 07:48 #

    This is an interesting–and curious–story, Mike. And I’m sure it’s been a boost for the industrious ladies of Manjares de la Tierra. Thanks for publishing it. P.S. Shouldn’t we be swapping links?

  4. Maria Jesus December 3, 2013 at 14:20 #

    Como aragonesa te agradezco las fotografias y comentarios que haces de esta parte poco conocida de España,que como principal valor tiene a sus gentes

  5. Maria Jesus December 3, 2013 at 18:53 #

    Espero que las traducciones te salgan bien!Aupa maño!

  6. julvic December 9, 2013 at 20:08 #

    What an interesting titbit of produce info. I love truffles and I bet you the restaurants in or around Carrion prepare some nice original dishes with truffles. Do you know anything about this?

    Is Aragon as in Catherine of Aragon?

    Sorry! too many questions. As always, your interesting posts spark my curiosity.

  7. Patty January 14, 2014 at 20:03 #

    Truffles are great to smell, but a bit overrated imho.

  8. steve January 14, 2014 at 20:21 #

    I agree.

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