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Q. What kind of truffle oil should I use to train my dog? The cheapest kind. Q. Can I use European oil to find American truffles? The American commercial species of truffle and the European species all contain sulphides. All truffle oils are made by adding sulphides to some carrier oil. These sulphides may be […]
There is some debate within the truffling community over whether it is preferable to have the dog indicate on the truffle scent or to actually dig for the truffle.
Most of the information online regarding cleaning and storing truffles is aimed at consumers who want to know how to keep their purchase fresh until they are ready to use it. However there is an entirely different procedure for truffle hunters. If you plan to sell the truffles you find, then this video might help […]
Truffle hunting hauled our family out of the recession In 2008, when my husband John found himself out of work, truffles allowed us to keep our heads above water, truffles paid our bills. This was a time when entire families like ours in the rural areas of south Europe were forced to pack up and […]
It takes time to find new truffle areas. Sometimes you will stumble across them by chance but locating growing patches is usually the result of a strategy. This is ours. 1) Identify potential sites at home using maps to check altitude, tree type, soil, pH etc. 2) Visit these locations pre-season. Seeing places up close […]
Even though Betty, our German Wirehaired Pointer, has been hunting truffles for a couple of years now, I still get excited every time I see this dog in action. It’s not just that she is a great truffle dog capable of finding a couple of kilos of black truffle in an afternoon – the amazing […]
It is the end of April and the first ripe black summer truffles of the year have started to pop up here in the south of Europe. Hunters have already been looking at weather patterns over the previous 4 months to calculate what kind of yield we might expect. However more than the weather, it […]