In Spain, the black truffle harvesting season is regulated by law. As it is in most countries that are fortunate enough to own black truffles growing in the wild. In Spain, the black winter truffle season begins the 15th of November and ends the 15th of March.
Those who hunt truffles in the wild are usually very quite about where their truffle producing trees are located. In days gone past, the exact locations was passed down from father to son as a household secret, no joke. Poachers were a constant threat, stealing this valuable tuber. Poachers still certainly are a major threat even today.
In mid summer, a truffle hunter will often take a stroll past his known black winter truffle producing trees. A black truffle growing near to the soils surface could make a bulge in the soils top soil layer. The truffle hunter will often mark the spot in a few inconspicuous way, maybe planting several seeds of wheat or barley, placing a rock nearby or leaving a twig.
A black winter truffle producing tree, be it a holm oak or a downy oak, can have what is called a burn or brule around it. The top soil surrounding the trees trunk can have a burnt or bare area. The weeds in this region can have stunted growth or look as though they have been burned ricette al tartufo. Here is the black winter truffle´s defense mechanism killing off your competition that keeps growing above it. The soil will also have a spongy feel to it whenever you walk on it, even thou the soil is dry.
The black winter truffle was hunted with a lady pig ( sow ) originally. People use now dogs since they are easier to teach and will eagerly hunt the black winter truffle as a game. Your pet dog does not have any interest in eating the prized truffle, the sow wanted the tasty morsel for herself. There also exists a truffle fly. This fly will lay its eggs on the ripe truffle.The fly will loiter around where it’s laid its eggs. The truffle hunter will walk with a stick, disturbing the location facing him with it. He usually walks with sunlight to his back, that way he can see the fly easier. Once spotted the fly, the truffle hunter knows a fresh black truffle can not be to far away.
It is a really neat experience hunting the black truffle in the wild. But you are able to avoid all that is if you possess your own personal black truffle farm. Black winter truffle farms are good way to make a living. Be the very first in your neighborhood to possess a dark truffle farm.
A Black Truffle Farm
I am a dark winter truffle farmer in the North of Spain. My truffle farm is situated on the outskirts of a town called Barbastro, Huesca, Spain. The truffle farm remains young and not producing any truffles yet. But, the long run prospects are great. A black truffle farm is big business in Spain and other countries of the world.