Last week the local chefs association announced there was going to be a black winter truffle hunt on outskirts of sydney (it is winter here by the way ) . I know they grow in lot of places but so far the ones from Perigord and provance were the most prized ones. I know lot of truffles from East Europe and Turkey are bought by Frech providores and labeled packed in FRANCE just like the case in "Italian Olive Oil" As a fact I have seen Chef friends of mine use Tennessee truffles , I have used chinese truffles (only 2 shifts , then... guys no more truffle risotto , this thing is S..T) Here in Australia , Western Australian ones from Manijump dominated the market and then truffles from Tasmania arrived. That was my limited truffle knowledge until this monday.. I had no idea there was a truffle are only 1,5 hours from Sydney where we would pick truffles like potatoes...
Here are the pictures of the trip.. Enjoy
View from the truffle farm
Meet lily, our truffle dog. It is her second season hunting truffles , she is a mutt (kelpie+?) ,rescued from shelter from almost being put into sleep , lovely girl
When the hunt starts the owner says: Lily , truffles and she goes..
There are lot of places she digs and alerts the owner and each time she gets a treat, however if the truffle is ripe enough to being
harvested she gets two treats..
If you start digging she knows there may be another treat so she will watch you and imply dont break my truffle and don't f... it up
We found one !
Is that a potato ?
More to come..
Thanks for sharing Chef!
Found another one....
Time to get them cleaned
inspected and graded....
No truffle hunt sall be finished without truffled snacks
Cured meats with truffles , pressed pork shoulder rillete with truffles..
Pumpkin soup with truffle cream and generous shaving of truffles..
and this beauty is coming home with me..
44 grams of 1st grade fresh black winter truffle for $$
If anybody is interested they will be doing a final tour within a week or two before the season ends.
It was a great experience for me and i will be posting pictures from my truffle dinner at home very soon. Now I need to go back and smell the jar of the trufle I have in the fridge. If anybody is interested these guys are selling online too , if you pm me I can give their info , I have no affiliations or interest from the grover whatsoever
WoW, I was at the same place last sat. Was a qantas epiqure hosted event though. The potato leek soup was fabulous! $2/g for the top quality black truffle was not bad as well. I know you will tell me you paid a lot less again :curse:
What a coincidance !!
Well , i have paid little less but not by much .Also going there a group of chefs rather than Qantas' VIP event :tease: helped.
come on let me at least let me enjoy few perks of being in the industry :biggrin:
Looks like a great experience and I'm sure very delicious.
Originally Posted by pkjames
$2 a gram , damn thats cheap.
what is the weight of it James?
It is awesome looking piece!!
Didn't join the weighting party, coz there were loads of food waiting for us when we finished the hunt.
Wagyu beef burger, truffle soup and the great yering station wine! It was definitely worth the trip, and surprisingly close to Sydney too. We also had Duncan Garvey (the original truffle guy from tassie) there showing us the how to hunt, and answered many questions. Learnt a lot about truffles!
Sadly, it seems like the owner is looking to sell the property. Hopefully the truffle farm will stay around and open its door to the public.