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Truffle nation of the past

The return of German truffles

They are highly sought-after but strictly protected. The noble fungi do not just thrive in Périgord, France or in Piedmont, Italy, but are also traditionally found in the Black Forest. Earlier, our region was known far beyond its borders for its Burgundy truffles.

The rediscovery of a botanical treasure

after decades of being forgotten.

Under the National Socialists, the foraging and enjoyment of the culinary natural resource was outlawed. The foraging and, therefore, also the trade of the natural resource was forbidden and strongly penalised on 26 June 1935, with the passing of the German Reichsnaturschutzgesetz [National Nature Protection Law]. Over the decades, knowledge about the local varieties became forgotten.

The strange thing about it?

The law is still in effect today! On 14 October 1958, the Federal Constitutional Court determined that the National Nature Protection Law is not valid, because it goes above and beyond the competence of the government’s framework legislation; rather, it has to do with continued province laws which could also be modified by the respective province legislature. These paragraphs are anchored in some of our province laws, just like before.

We harvest our truffles from a cultivated growing area in selected truffle plantations in the Black Forest.