As it is evident that the conditions are perfect for champignons,
our narrow (and usually quiet) mountain road has turned into a
With the influx of ‘prospectors’, locals venture deeper into the
forest, to hidden or inaccesible corners. As I am a novice, just
becoming accustomed spotting cèpes, I am watching and learning.
I can liken the level of concentration – staring at leaves – to
‘trying to spot a black suitcase on an airport conveyor belt’ and
feeling a slight dizzyness.
Our propriétaire’s panier was laden, whilst I am happy to have found
my first few and to have discovered what to look for – exposure to the
south, humidity and altitude are all factors, as well as the type of
trees that cèpes prefer: beech, oak, chestnut and pine forest.