The main season for Victorian Black Winter Truffle typically runs through July & August.
2013 Season is over. Harvest volume tapered down as expected at the end of August. A few stragglers expected reaching into September didn't eventuate due to a spell of warm weather.
2012 saw a small amount on 24th Aug '12 with a final truffle on 1st September. 2013 was similar with a few hundred grams on 29th August and a final one taken 2nd September.
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NEXT WEEKLY HUNT; Winter 2014
- 2nd September, small truffle rescued from the heat, edible quality but not saleable.
- 29th Expected truffle harvested with two tiny unknowns. Further examination over weekend
- 20th Some absolutely divine truffle this afternoon. Quite a few surprise discoveries, and better than expected truffles at the known locations. Also better overall than any week in the preceding month.
- New spot marked on Saturday while pruning a small section, too dangerous to look Sunday (high wind and nearby eucalypts)
- 14th, Some nice truffle. Seems back to normal in terms of ripening speeds etc. Truffles ripened as expected from last week, and theres signs of one to two weeks on nearly all remaining known truffles. So still a chance of a final few end of the month, if nothing happens to them.
- 13th, half of the truffiere checked, a few definites for harvest this week, a few new truffles on trees thought to be finished for the season.
HARVESTED; (unreserved and available)
- ~350g harvested Thursday 29th, fulfilling pre-existing orders, -29/8/13, Last weeks unknowns located and harvested along with a few new truffles.
- Time constraints due to truffle growers conference for past week Thur-Wed, resulted in a thorough search yet to be completed. Little is expected, but watch this space for any further news.
CONFIRMED;-(located, commenced ripening, but not yet ready)
POTENTIAL; (sites paw marked by dog, but not yet exposed, due to either total lack of aroma, or too slight to disturb yet)
Not all truffles are detected early, deeper ones only make their presence known close to maturity when the dog can smell them, so the list above is only indicative of next harvest. Also any Time estimates of when a truffle will be ripe are approximate, ripening time varies by size, depth, location and weather.
Previous 2013 truffle hunt observations will get archived, as it's of some interest regarding the progression of our season in the Yarra Valley.
- 11th, checked and found the 200g of expected weekend truffles had ripened, 50g still unsold
- 9th. checking a few in notes that were missed
- 8th August. Found a new producing tree on 8th, large brule 120cm radius, with truffle at 90cm, subdued grass rather than bare earth. Overall weekly quantity matched hopes for season, but weather has trashed this week's truffle too 1.5kg scrapped.
- August. Frosts throughout the end of June triggered the final ripening process, with the first full harvest on 4th of July. Latter half of July saw warm weather and increase in spoilage rate of ripening truffles.
- 31st has produced a few nice truffles, (late night harvest) but quite a few of last weeks clearly underripe truffles are now rotten or overripe (ie. compost), suspect there were too many warm days. Overall harvested amount not matching expectations past two weeks.
- 25th Harvest turned out fairly miserable, 70% went to compost bin, causes unknown, possibly warm weather last week
- 17/7 Four new locations marked with some slight sweet top note aroma's, truffles not yet located and left undisturbed -checking further Wednesday, last weeks potentials located and some harvested
- July 13th, special event, a truffle hunt in conjunction with Chateau Yering went well, although the pièce de résistance was only found after the hunt during a final scramble to fulfill Chef Mathew Macartney's required amount. A 700 gram beauty which is our largest ever, and likely the largest Victorian truffle to date!!! Blog entry
- 10/7 total of 1240g harvested, some nearly ripe ones located and reserved for the truffle hunt with Chateau Yering guests this Saturday
- Tentatively a 30% increase in weekly yield over last year (now 7 years since planting).