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..