About Us

Growing truffles in Melbourne's Yarra Valley, we utilise an environmental approach. Our belief is fostering the relationship between truffle and tree is the key to producing the most aromatic & flavoursome truffles, and that a premium product such as truffles should be fully natural. Therefore no chemical sprays or fertilisers are used, pruning, slashing, weed, insect and soil management is all carried out in line with organic practices.

Personnel

Lani the Truffle Dog is current star of the team. Partly due to cuteness, and primarily due to her burgeoning skills in locating ripe truffle.

Without the truffle dog, it's not quite impossible, but humans must resort to kneeling down and inspecting all the truffles which have been located pre-season by surface signs. The 2015 season proved this to be possible, but not feasible, causing a long lasting limp for the rest of the year.

Stuart -the human part of the team.

Utilising skills from a bachelors degree and some first year biology, he uses an observational and analytical approach to truffle growing. {ie. wastes a lot of time making notes, but learns things too}

This has resulted in a growing understanding of all things truffle. Observation and experimentation is an ongoing effort, with some semi-formal research as well, both internal and collarborative.

Our team

truffle team
Truffle Dog "Lani" and owner Stuart Dunbar

Lani is our truffle dog, she knows what is ripening weeks in advance, and is improving her understanding of when we need truffles marked.

Lani is a Lagotto Romagnolo, an Italian breed that goes back centuries. 
Originally gun dogs & water retrievers, they are high energy working dog, and are now regularly employed as truffle hounds in Italy.

Stuart studied biology, water science & computing during his science degree, and is finally putting the science skills to use. Continuous observation and research is improving his understanding of all things truffle, from truffiére through to kitchen & plate.

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