Truffle Species
The truffle world is quite diverse and exciting and there is no doubt about that. Hundreds of species of truffles are available, you can find them in almost every corner of the world, but relatively few of them have a real market value. Truffles can be found in temperate climates, including regions of France, Italy, Australia and the US. Despite decades of research, it remains a mystery of what exactly causes the precious morsel to form, there is no consensus. Said to possess a unique flavour, a truffle is the apogee of gourmet eating. A culinary delicacy sought after by…
Truffle Dogs
A Field Spaniels pauses and lifts her nose towards a blaze of pinks and reds sky. It feels like a sign of good luck. Then, cautiously, and with a nose that is an instrument of precision, the pooch enters into a green forest of twisted oak and hazelnut trees accompanied by her master.Not long after both are in the forest, the puppy stops and gentle scratches at the soil covered by fallen leaves. Her master gets down on her knees, breaks the soft ground, and with a towel, picks one of the most precious fungi with a unique flavour capable…
Truffles 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…
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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