Black Truffles from Perigord, Tuscany and YES – Australia.
Aroma and the sweet taste of Perigord Truffles…and YES…from Australia.
Expensive little fungi that the ancient Romans and Greeks though were an aphrodisiac.
Well, I’m in good company; Louis XIV and Napoleon were also extremely fond of them.
Black Truffle Cultivation
Unlike the Italian white truffles, black truffles have been
cultivated for decades. Cultivation is very compatible with
vineyards – in fact, growing truffles can be seven to ten times
more profitable than growing grapes.
Truffles are the most profitable legal crop in the world. Truffle orchards are highly profitable – as much as 7-12 times more per acre than vineyards – and are an excellent and viable way to diversify land usage. The demand for black truffles, the most sought after truffles in the culinary world, far exceeds supply.
I used to think that black truffle production was almost
exclusively European – predominately France, followed by
Spain and Italy, with small amounts in Slovenia, Croatia and
But now black truffles can be cultivated in select areas around the world; and Northern California and Australia especially Napa, Sonoma and Western Australia offer particularly suitable climates/soil.
The aroma is earthy and rich; and it drives my gourmand friends crazy.
Pasta or risotto with truffles tops the list for the most popular way to enjoy these diamonds of the cuisine.
Learn about the Napa Truffle Festival – www.napatrufflefestival.com
and Truffle Cultivation at www.americantruffle.com
Try the TRUFFLE RISOTTO recipe adapted from one of Emeril’s Creole Christmas Books by Emeril Lagasse with Marcelle Bienvenu. Published by William Morrow.
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