The plan was to go and see a traditional truffiére in France hunt for truffles. I was aware that you can use pigs but they have a tendency to eat their discovery. The more common way is with dogs. Their sense of smell is well known but they do dig excitedly and can cause a lot of damage. However, in the medieval countryside of the Périgord region, there is a man using the ‘peasant’ way. A small thin beech stick, his own nose and some flies.
Francis tends to his small grove of trees throughout the year, watering them and trimming the leaves to ensure they are well kept. For it is the leaves that will fall to earth and provide the nutrients in the soil to be the cultivation incubator for this black gold.