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Ayme Truffe - Domaine Bramarel

Truffle Ayme, the deliciouse truffle of France


"Man created immunisation antibiotics and the computer, he travels in space and plants flags on the moon…but he has not yet discovered how to make truffles."
M. Burnet, 1988

- what is a truffle ?
The petit Larousse" gives the following definition : black fungus totally underground, excellent comestible, living in symbiosis with the roots of a host tree".
Tuber in Latin, Hydnon in grec designate one and the same thing : all underground fungi ie Truffle.

- A tree, a climate and a ground ... :
To grow, to live and to develop correctly, the truffle needs three conditions: a special tree that serves as a host, a particular ground and a special climate. The truffle likes cold winters without much frost, humid and mild springs, and hot and dry summers on condition that the rain in July and August favours its development. Precipitation,temperature and light are basic elements to the development of the truffle.  The climate plays a very important role as far as regularity and quality of the truffle production are concerned.Generally spoken the truffle needs a mediterranean climate without much frost but with rain from time to time during the hot summer months.

- The different kinds of truffles :
There are 32 species of truffle in Europe but most of them only exist in a less important quantity and haven’t got any gastronomical quality In France, only the following two kinds of truffle have got the right to be called as truffles: The Tuber Mélanosporum and the Tuber Brumale.

Very important :
this legislation that intents to avoid any abuse of the term, is only valid in France and Switzerland. Therefore caution is advisable in other countries! Buying French Product, you benefit from all guarantees. We deals in 4 kinds of truffle that are of aesthetic and gastronomic quality and each of have got a completely different perfumehave a view of them!

Cycle of black Winter truffles

Excerpt from “Guide Pratique de Trufficulture / P.Sourzat (4th edition) for sale in the shop site”

- Tuber melanosporum - Tuber brumale - Tuber aestivum - Tuber uncinatum