Truffle farming is growing in Aragon at an approximate rate of 500 hectares per year. This community has an area of 10,000 square kilometers suitable for the development of black truffles or Tuber melanosporum.
44% of the black truffle fields in Spain are in Aragon, and they account for about 75% of the country's total annual production. They also account for 11% of the world's black truffle producing plantations and, according to estimates, for 20% of the global production.
To make this development possible in Alto Aragon, the Provincial Council has been calling -since 2002- for aid for the establishment of new plantations and for the improvement of existing ones by installing an irrigation system. "We want to use these subsidies to promote the cultivation of Tuber melanosporum as an engine of development in rural areas, but also to diversify the economy in those areas where there is the possibility that this cultivation works," stated Roque Vicente, the president of the Commission of Development and Sustainability of the Provincial Council.
In 2009 the Truffle Research and Experimentation Center was put into operation and in 2010 the Association of Truffle Growers and Truffle Collectors of Aragon began its activity in Graus. Last spring, the members of this Association took a first step towards the creation of the Trufa Negra de Aragon Brand (Aragon's Black Truffle Brand), essential to obtain the Protected Designation of Origin that endorses the Aragonese market, which is key in the sector internationally but has no official recognition.
The president of the Association, David Royo, said this Protected Designation of Origin would help market a product that is differentiated by its quality, fight against fraud, bad labeling, bad aromas, and enable dialogue with public administrations.
The brand will also help producers advertise, have access to new promotion channels, product differentiation, good practices, and quality certification.
At the moment, we are immersed in the creation of the Trufa Negra de Aragon Federation, David Royo stated. "We are working hard on the internal structure and we are preparing an agreement to sign with the CITA to develop the quality regulation, a fundamental part of a brand to ensure consumers are really consuming high-quality truffles. On the 25th, we presented the brand and the Federation's constitutional act.”