Truffle season in Australia
Harvesting commences in Australia when Truffles are ripen, this is during the winter months of June, July, and August. Trained dogs are used to locate the truffles found in the top 30cm of the soil profile. Dogs of any breed can be used provided they have a good sense of smell. Common breeds can be pointers, beagles and labradors.Harvested truffles are carefully washed and require scrubbing with a small brush to remove all remaining soil. Truffles are then washed, sorted, and expertly graded. Grading takes into account factors like size, smell, shape, and feel. Once cleaned and sorted, we then…
Truffle Dogs or Truffle Hogs?
Imagine sitting in a restaurant watching the meals being served to guest tables. Your attention is drawn to a unique smell which turns out to be a delicacy is known as Black Winter Truffle. This earthy morsel has distinctive flavour and is found in the shallow earth by dogs. Yes, truffle dogs. In the past, pigs were used to find truffles due to the similar testosterone compounds found in pigs. However, due to the pigs' erratic digging method, they damage the environment and the fragile fungal structures in the soil. To make matters worse, hogs love to eat the truffles…
What are Black Winter Truffles?
The Australia grown Black winter truffles (Tuber melanosporum Vitt.) is an edible fungus that grows underground from the roots of oak and hazelnut trees. They can take around five to seven years to reach maturity, and it’s only after this time that the fruiting body of the truffle—the bumpy, lumpy black thing you associate with food—is produced. The Truffle fungus maintains a symbiotic association with the host tree, this mutually beneficial relationship is known as mycorrhiza. The fungus provides the tree with nutrients from the soil and makes soil and water more available. On the other hand, the tree provides…

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