Below you will find a comprehensive set of truffle tree FAQ (frequently asked questions) telling you all you need to know about our truffle trees – growing, tree and truffle species, soils, buying, planting, managing, delivery, looking for truffles and travelling with trees. The last section, Additional Information has details of books and web sites on growing truffles. If you have a question that is not covered here, please get in touch and we will try to help.
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If you want to go into more detail than our truffle tree FAQ, here are some books, web sites and videos on growing truffles. Please note that some of the below are primarily discussing THE black truffle (Périgord or black winter truffle). Not everything therefore applies to the summer (Burgundy) truffle which is more commonly cultivated in the UK.
Taming the Truffle: The History, Lore, and Science of the Ultimate Mushroom – Ian R. Hall, Gordon T. Brown and Alessandra Zambonelli. Book – UK availability varies.
Truffle Farming Today. A Comprehensive World Guide – Marcos Morcillo, Mónica Sánchez and Xavier Vilanova. Book – available directly from Micologia in Spain. A short booklet with graphics from the book can be accessed here.
Reports available online
Burgundy Black Truffle Cultivation in an Agroforestry Practice – University of Missouri Center for Agroforestry. PDF file.
Cultivation of black truffles in Western Australia – Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, Government of Western Australia.
Best Practices for Cultivation of Truffles – Forest Sciences Centre of Catalonia, Solsona, Spain. PDF File.
Tree School Online: Commercial Truffle Cultivation in Western Oregon by YouTube lecture by Charles Lefevre of New World Truffieres in the United States.
Part 1 starts at about 8 minutes in and is about truffles and truffle farming. It is about 50 minutes long followed by questions. Part 2 is of less relevance to a European audience. Do note, in the main, he is talking about THE black (Périgord) truffle and so not everything said relates to the summer truffle which is more commonly cultivated in the UK. Regardless, it is a very useful talk.
Truffle farming: basic concepts – YouTube lecture by Luz Cocina-Romero of MicoLab in Spain.
It is just under 2 hours long. Do note, in the main, she is talking about THE black (Périgord) truffle. Not everything said therefore applies to the summer truffle which is more commonly cultivated in the UK. We wouldn’t agree with everything that it is said but it is still a very valuable talk.
Establishing a Tuber melanosporum Orchard in the United States – YouTube lecture by Jasmine Richardson who is establishing a Périgord (black winter) truffle (Tuber melanosporum orchard on her family farm in Southern Virginia.
Again note, in the main, she is talking about THE black (Périgord) truffle. Not everything said therefore applies to the summer truffle which is more commonly cultivated in the UK.