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Truffle Hunters: How to Enjoy the NSW Truffle Season From Home

Australian Truffle season is here and not even Covid-19 restrictions can prevent us from enjoying this year’s bountiful black truffle produce. While the majority of Australian truffles are produced in Western Australia, there is a growing number of established and emerging truffle farms in New South Wales as well. Due to late summer rain and an autumn cold snap, the truffle season arrived early in New South Wales. If you managed to get to an early truffle hunt or tasting before lockdown then count yourself lucky, if not then don’t worry – there are other ways to sample the best of NSW truffle season from home and support your local farmers, who are still relying on this years sales.

Ganymede Truffles

Located in the Southern Tablelands of NSW, Ganymede Truffles was founded in 2005 after an impulsive purchase of the land. Since the first trufferie was planted in 2009, the farm has grown to over 900 trees on 2.5 hectares of land. The farm’s Black Périgord truffles can be purchased throughout the truffle season, usually between mid-June and the end of August. This year, Ganymede Truffles is selling their truffles for $30 per 10g, as well as a selection of truffle infused honey and truffle salt. If you order this month, Ganymede can get the truffles to your table within 24 hours.

Blue Frog Truffles

While located in NSW, the Blue Frog Truffle Farm is actually closer to Canberra than to Sydney, but this only makes their truffles more accessible for NSW and ACT residents. Having been harvesting black truffles since 2007, the farm is well established with around 4.5 hectares of trees. Owners Wayne and Lanie, and their son Justin Haslam, are all involved members of the Australian truffle industry, with Wayne having been instrumental in the establishment of the Australian Truffle Growers Association in 2006. You can purchase this years truffles haul directly from Blue Frog Truffles, with orders above 200 grams being personally delivered to the Canberra area. New South Wales residents will be posted truffles via express mail.

Tarago Truffles

Tarago Truffles is part of a small mixed farm enterprise in the Tarago-Bungendore area of the Southern Tablelands of NSW. Founded by Denzil and Anne Sturgiss, the first truffiere was planted back in 2002 and the annual truffle haul has only increased since then. Led by the couple’s female brown kelpie, Dusty, and her canine assistant’s Joker, Solly and Pepper, the truffle hunt occurs throughout the winter months. If you’re interested in purchasing some of this year’s truffle haul then you can get in touch with the farm through their website.

Robertson Truffles

Robertson Truffle Farm is located the scenic Southern Highlands of NSW. Having been running for over 15 years, the farm was one of the first in all of Australia. The combination of this region’s distinctive red volcanic basalt soil, high annual rainfall and frosty winters make some particularly delicious truffles. Robertson Truffles have had a very successful truffle haul this year and are more than happy to post you your purchases and discuss any specific needs that you may have.

Lowes Mount Truffles

Lowes Mount Truffles are located about an hour from the Blue Mountains in the town of Oberon. Usually the farm offers a packaged truffle hunt with the dogs, a truffle picnic and on-farm accomodation, however this year’s covid-19 restrictions have prevented that from happening to it’s usual capacity. Instead, the farm is offering public purchases of their truffles and truffle infused products. With all truffles graded for size and quality according to the Australian Truffle Growers Association Draft Specification, and can be brushed or washed to your own requirements.

If the NSW truffle season has sparked your interest in black truffles then make sure you read about Western Australia’s truffle season while you’re here.

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