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)or Holm (Evergreen / Holly) Oak (Quercus ilex) trees
  • 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)

07/11/17

Yesterday, it was reported in the media (e.g. The Daily Telegraph) that the Mediterranean black Périgord truffle, also known as the winter truffle, has been successfully cultivated in the UK. One of these truffles was harvested from an inoculated Turkey (Holly / Evergreen) Oak planted in 2008 in South Wales. Previously it was thought that a warmer, Mediterranean climate, such as that found in Southern France, Italy, Croatia, Slovenia, Spain etc was required.

This cultivation has shown that the climatic tolerance of this species of truffles is much broader than previously thought, but it’s likely that it’s only possible because of climate change, and some areas of the UK are now suitable for the cultivation of this species.

Further investigation is required into mapping the climate parameters but it appears that growing Périgord truffles will certainly be possible for some areas of the UK in the future.

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.