Author: Soap Merchanthi, who in the valley knows much about this subject?
User type: Standard User
Date: July 11, 2006, 10:46 p.m.
For those of you who have no idea what im on about, a truffel is fungal like mushroomy sorta thing that grows underground on the roots of oak trees and from what i hear certain other long liveing trees.
They are worthy of a mention because just one can go for as much as $600, and after seeing the article on one tonight im starting to think that theirs a major new industry about to spring up in NZ.
If you see one, they are usually black and look like a sooty dark weird growth. One untastefull way to describe would be like as if a oak tree starting getting black cancer. They also smell quite alot to apparantly.
You have to dig them up.
But as a oak tree lives a looonnggg time you could make yourself a real cash tree. But takes 10+ years to actually get a return. They like to grow in soil with lime stone in it.
Ive heard also that a while back you could actually buy oak tree saplings with truffle spores already injected into its roots. Not sure if you still can.
But could be worth investigateing for those who have a bit of land where you live.Steamed hams