2018 Truffle season will commence in July

"Truffles are only really good after Christmas*.....So let us allow ignorant fops, beardless gourmands, and inexperienced palates the perry triumph of eating the first truffles."
Grimod de La Reynière -Wikipedia
As the originator of food reviews and magazines in the early 1800's, he defined it perfectly. He also defined the modern interpretation of gourmand and gourmet, which were previously associated with simple gluttony.

*In Australia this equates to post winter solstice (~22nd June), before that, they are ok if you know how to use them well, but they lack the true truffle wow factor.

We will probably have some truffle in June depending on weather. Anything worth eating will be farm gate sales only, with suggestions on getting the most from it, some dishes simply don't work with early season truffles.

It's a shame the food industry demands truffles before the season truly commences as it results in many "I tried it once, didn't like it" experiences. Yet by half way through the season, there's a drop in demand, as much of the enthusiasm was wasted on the early junk.

20th September 2017 saw our final online truffles shipped, with a good few hundred grams left for personal use into October

  • The exact end of season is always dependent upon the weather,
    An extended winter saw final truffles harvested mid-September, this was followed by extended warm weather destroying any chance of further truffle.

In the 2017 season, our truffle was available through;

  • our Online shop, with delivery via express post
    or courier (metropolitan only)
    • final online shipment was 20th September
  • Farm Gate -Sales & Order Collection
    • {no orchard walks}
    • Now closed for season from 17th September 2017

Contact Us to arrange supply.

2017 Season Notes, possibly slow update, time is short.

  • Early September, some truffles with a few weeks till ripe remain, but survival depends on continued cold weather.
  • Late August, good truffle continuing..
    there was some substantial damage/loss from the warm spell early/mid August, but all orders/sales were easily filled & production now recovered -25/8
  • Great truffle continuing through August, & early September looks likely. Excess truffle supply going to manufacturing (above wholesaler's price offerings), and being ground for spore & other truffle improving experiments.
  • 16th to 19th, locate & harvest. Great truffles! but a lousy market
  • 10th to 12th, Severe frost damage showing on a few, but it also triggered ripening on many. with great aromas developing over 2-3weeks. We can detect ripening and estimate quality from 4 weeks.
  • A decent harvest 4th-6th July, properly ripe and start of higher volume production. initial 6-10kg. Unfortunately market trashed by price dumping. Exports mostly cancelled, only a portion shipped. This batch to be ground up or frozen.
  • Lani's on the job over the next few days for a survey. -1/6/2017
  • She's marked a couple that are nearly edible, dark, low aroma and a hint of flavour -2/6/2017
  • We hunted one third of trees today, with a couple of truffles taken for further evaluation (possibly worth eating, definitely not good enough to sell). Light aromas and colours are widely present, Our Truffle Season looks to commence properly within the next two weeks. Further surveys over weekend and early next week will give a better indication of release date. 15th June 2017]

Season progression, an approximation:

May-June truffles begin ripening;
... early June a few truffles possibly worth eating, mashed potato, egg are appropriate dishes, but shouldn't be sold
.... June -early truffles good enough to sell with qualification on appropriate dishes
If you want great truffle, wait till it's peak season. If you can't wait, understand it's not going to be 100%, wherever you may buy it from.
.... late June/July start of properly ripe truffle displaying all the proper qualities of flavour and aroma
.... July/August Peak Season
... August/(September) tail end of season, reducing harvest volume and concerns about warm weather ending season early.

Archived notes from the 2016 truffle season.

Archived notes from the 2015 truffle season.

Archived notes from the 2014 truffle season.

Archived notes from the 2013 truffle season.

Archived notes from the 2012 truffle season.