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 […]
Life of truffle hunter
In the south of Europe, truffles grow pretty much all year apart from a break around mid-August to September. By then, the tuber aestivum has usually dried up and hunters are grateful for a rest before the most challenging hunt of the year begins – that of the precious white truffle. In these off-season times […]
Every sector has its secrets but none more so than the truffle industry which is entirely founded on secrecy. This video, the first in a two part series, looks at the very secret life of the truffle hunter.
Hunting for summer truffles is easier in many ways than winter truffling. However there are still a number of issues you need to consider. A little preparation is usually all you need to ensure that the hunt goes smoothly. This video runs through some of the areas where hunters may encounter difficulties and also gives […]
When you find a large white truffle there is always a heady mixture of exuberance and stress. Truffles of this size can be worth a lot of money however its value halves if you break it while digging it out. These are the steps you need to follow to remove a truffle from the earth […]
Another foolproof recipe. The beauty of cooking with white truffles is that you don’t need to do an awful lot. The truffle does all the work as long as you follow some basic rules. Use the best quality ingredients you can find. Homemade pasta would be perfect, some freshly grated parmesan and the firmest, most […]
Most dogs can be trained to find truffles. Jane is a mixed breed but she is smart and learnt quickly. She can sniff out the deepest of white truffles – in fact nothing seems to escape her marvellous nose. She also finds the biggest truffle of the season which weighed in at over half a […]