Truffle Plantations – Farm Diversification or Investment Opportunities

Truffle orchard two years after planting.
Truffle orchard two years after planting.

Truffles are one of the most expensive foods. They grow on the on the roots of trees including Oak and Hazel. Plantations of inoculated saplings can be established to grow these fungi. While wild growing truffles require a lime-rich soil, there are many successful truffle orchards where the soil started as acidic. Read our truffle plantation "frequently asked questions" (FAQ) here. With wholesale prices for truffles of several hundred pounds per kilo, truffle orchards can produce significant revenue for many years, yet have relatively low establishment costs and require little maintenance (unlike a vineyard, for example). This means truffle plantations represent an excellent farm diversification or investment opportunity. Grants and funding may be available (see plantation FAQ).

We would be delighted to provide a quotation for supply of trees inoculated with an appropriate species of truffle fungus. The below truffles species are suited to the climate of the UK and are found across a wide area of Europe, from Ireland to the Balkans, from Portugal to Sweden.

  • Summer (Burgundy) Truffle (Tuber aestivum var uncinatum) on English Oak (Quercus robur) or European Hazel (Corylus avellana). We can also supply Evergreen (Holm) Oak (Quercus ilex) but are out of stock until this winter.
  • Whitish Truffle (Bianchetto) (Tuber borchii) on English Oak (Quercus robur) or European Hazel (Corylus avellana)

If you have a warmer, Mediterranean climate (Southern France, Italy, Croatia, Slovenia, Spain etc.), we are also able to supply:

  • Black Winter (Périgord) Truffle (Tuber melanosporum) on Evergreen (Holm) Oak (Quercus ilex) or European Hazel (Corylus avellana)

Please contact us with your location details, the area of land you would like to plant (hectares or acres) and we will come back with a competitive quote and the shipping cost.If you unsure about your climate and which species of the above truffles would grow there, see this link. Note Summer truffle is called Burgundy there. You will need to track down climate parameters for your area, but general figures can usually be found on-line.

Recommended Books

If you are considering planting a truffle tree plantation we suggest you read up on the subject. The below books are the ones we recommend. The first is sold directly by The English Truffle Company. The second is sold via The Book Depository where you can see the current price and place your order. The Book Depository is the world's leading specialist online bookstore. They offer over 12 million titles, at unbeatable prices with free delivery worldwide to over 100 countries.

The Truffle Book - Gareth Renowden

The Truffle Book - Gareth Renowden

The Truffle Book is the perfect introduction to the pleasurable and mysterious world of truffles. Gareth Renowden explores the truffle forests of France and the truffle markets of Italy, discovers the new truffles of the American Northwest and the new plantations of Australia and New Zealand, and dispels a few myths along the way. There’s advice on setting up a truffière, training a dog to find truffles, how to buy truffles and avoid expensive mistakes, and how to cook the defining truffle dishes. If you’ve ever tasted truffle and wanted to know more, or want to know what all the fuss is about, The Truffle Book has the answers.

RRP £25.00, our price - £19.99 plus £1.50 postage and packing

Taming The Truffle

Taming the Truffle: The History, Lore, and Science of the Ultimate Mushroom - Ian R. Hall, Gordon T. Brown and Alessandra Zambonelli

Whether the world's best truffles are found in Piedmont or Périgord inspires impassioned debate, but the effects of dwindling supply and insatiable demand for the elusive, ultimate mushroom are unquestionable: prices through the roof, intrigue and deception, and ever more intensive efforts to cultivate. Here in the most comprehensive practical treatment of the gastronomic treasure to date, the art and science of the high-stakes pursuit come together. The authors describe the commercial species in detail along with their host plants, natural habitats, cultivation, and maintenance, pests and diseases, and harvesting with pigs, dogs, truffle flies, and even the electronic nose.