Tradition & History

Jászság summer truffles are protected by the EU

The European Commission now protects “Jászság summer truffles” per an EU regulation published on August 19.

The protected geographical indication for the summer truffle in Jászság refers to the fresh, local version of the summer truffle (Tuber aestivum Vittad) collected in the designated geographical area. Its production area is located in Jászság, in the Tarna and Zagyva valleys of the Northern Great Plain. 

The summer truffle from Jászság is mostly found naturally on the roots of oak, hazelnut and hornbeam trees, but it is also grown on plantations called Trifla Gardens. In Jászság, Trifla Gardens are typically created with oaks, the Ministry of Agriculture explained.

According to the Ministry of Agriculture, the unique aroma of Jászság summer truffles is most reminiscent of boiled corn or roasted and fermented barley malt, accompanied by the characteristic aroma of freshly mowed grass. The taste is intense, resembling fine walnuts. It grows from late May to late August, as opposed to other truffles that can be collected until late November.

The Ministry of Agriculture also stressed that Hungary’s first truffle museum is in Jászszentandrás and collects and cultivates the truffle traditions of Jászság. Every year, the Hungarian Truffle Association holds its annual season-opening event here as well as the cooking competition for truffle dishes with the Knights of St. László Truffles (Szent László Szarvasgomba Lovagrend).

According to the Ministry of Agriculture, the Jászság summer truffle was granted the right to use the “Traditions-Flavors-Regions” (HÍR) trademark in 2016. It is preferred to use the adjectives “Jászság black diamond,” “Jászság gold” or “Jászság trifla,” which indicates the product is top-quality. This unique product is sold at high prices in both the domestic and foreign markets.

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