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Unripe summer truffle - mid May

It’s too early

We are starting to get a few early reports of dogs accidentally finding Summer Truffles in southern England. They are still unripe with little flavour or aroma – it’s too early. They are best left in the ground if you can persuade Fido.

The BAFTA menu included our Dorset truffles.

Our Truffles Served at BAFTA Dinner

Sustainability was a key priority for the organisers of the British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA) this year. The menu produced by BAFTA’s head chef Anton Manganaro and Paul Bates, the executive head chef of Mayfair’s Grosvenor House Hotel, used seasonal and locally sourced ingredients, and included two vegan courses. Our truffles were part of the main course, thyme-basted Shropshire chicken served with chestnut mushroom barley with a ballotine of Potash Farm walnuts, Dorset truffle-creamed parsnips and roasted beets.

The BAFTA menu included our Dorset truffles.

truffle hunting experience day gift voucher jigsaw puzzle

Christmas Puzzle

What a wonderfully creative husband this lady has. He bought her a gift voucher to come truffle hunting with us. Rather than just print out the gift voucher to give it to her, he gave her a jigsaw puzzle with a photo of our truffle hound and a truffle, and made a time-lapse video of the puzzle being made! The man is a genius.

Business Insider Youtube Video

Business Insider video – 5 million+ hits!

A video featuring The English Truffle Company has had over 5 million hits since it was launched around a month ago. Produced by Business Insider, an American financial and business news website, the video is the latest in their “So Expensive” series. The series has looked at a range of expensive commodities including gold, insulin, oysters, champagne, pearls, Mānuka honey and now truffles. In the video they join us searching for and talking about truffles. You could do this too, join us on one of our truffle hunting experience days.

606g monster Black Autumn truffle

Monster Truffle!

On one of our a “rent a truffle hound” jobs in a Surrey truffle orchard we found a 606g (1.34 lb) monster truffle (Autumn truffle – Tuber uncinatum) as well as a number of more normal sized ones. This beat our long-standing previous “personal best” of 413g (0.91l lb) that was found in a Dorset woodland. The truffle orchard at the High Clandon Vineyard comprises around 50 hazel trees that have been inoculated with the truffle fungus.

 

Gareth Renowden, author of The Truffle Book.

We meet author Gareth Renowden

It was pleasure to recently meet Gareth Renowden, author of The Truffle Book. Gareth is an ex-pat, now living in Waipara, New Zealand, where he is a writer, photographer and truffle grower. His farm is the only one in New Zealand to produce four species of truffle: the Périgord black truffle, Tuber melanosporum, the bianchetto white truffle, Tuber borchii, the Burgundy truffle, Tuber aestivum/uncinatum, and the winter black truffle, Tuber brumale he grows are used by New Zealand’s finest chefs and restaurants. We lunched, talked truffles and went truffle hunting. Gareth got the best truffle – over 200 grams!