Many years ago, the elders living in the Teruel region of Gúdar Javalambre described the black truffle as “a strange black potato that smells weird”… Decades later, this hitherto despised fungus has become the major driver of the economy in this area, one of the most depopulated in Spain, which was sunk in rural anonymity and is currently, thanks to this “black potato that smelled weird”, considered to be the world’s truffle capital.

40 tonnes of black truffle are collected in Spain during a season that covers from December to April. Of these, 36 tonnes come from this region. Truffles grow in the holm oak meadowlands (carrascas). 90% of the production is sold to France, where it is marketed as Perigord Truffle, when in reality it is the Melanosporum from Teruel.

The value of this prized fungus is set in the area’s truffle market, which is held on Saturday afternoons. Dogs play a key role in finding the truffles at their precise moment of ripening.

Incidentally, we should point out that truffles in our cuisine are a relatively recent occurrence, since their consumption and cultivation were forbidden by the Inquisition… a delicacy fit for the gods or for the devils.