"It's unwise to pay too much, but it's worse to pay too little. When you pay too much, you lose a little money - that's all. When you pay too little, you sometimes lose everything, because the thing you bought was incapable of doing the thing it was bought to do. The common law of business balance prohibits paying a little and getting a lot - it can't be done. If you deal with the lowest bidder, it is well to add something for the risk you run, and if you do that you will have enough to pay for something better." -John Ruskin
Still true 200 years later. Cheap truffle not worth eating, vs a memorable experience, leading to a lifetime love of truffles, which all truffle dishes should facilitate.

2019 Truffle season commenced in mid-June ran until early September

Farm Gate sales commenced Sat 22nd June 2019
and finished Sun 1st September 2019

Final harvest 3rd September, with three very warm days around 20C, followed by extensive rain, no more edible truffles were found.
Farm Gate Sales are now closed.

Online truffle ordering closed for fresh truffle, there may be some frozen or spore truffle offered later this year.

Farm gate sales during season,
CLOSED for 2019
Google Page, Map and Open Hours

Season progress in 2019...

The season had it's good and bad points, a large crop was present, but an overall warm winter, with frequent rainfall created many problems with both harvest volume and quality. This resulted in half of the harvest going for use as spore (tree inoculation or to be dug around existing trees -and there's still >30kg in freezer for our own orchard or sale).

  • More warm weather start of September finished off the season early. Although there were several cold spells throughout September, the truffle had already been lost due to soil warming.
  • Second week of August saw welcome cold weather and snow in nearby hills. This produced some results, and ripened some of the deeper truffles.
  • First week of August was primarily clearing truffle affected by warmth in July, slowing overall harvesting.
  • Outlook for the harvest into August is looking positive with the cold nightly temperatures required for best results
  • Harvest has recovered partially at the end of July, following a period of warm rainy weather in the middle of the month, which complicated harvesting and destroyed many nearly ripe truffles.
  • Frosts in the last week of June were the trigger required for quality truffle, which will proceed into September.
  • Some preliminary early-truffles were harvested through early June with improving quality, and some initial harvest volume after winter solstice to end of June.

  • Truffles are no different to any other crop, a few early ones do not mean everything should be picked immediately instead of ripened properly. Brown, hard, low-thin aroma which shatters rather than slices, are all signs of being harvested too early by those eager to meet initial supply demand and secure their markets. This leads to unimpressive food, with truffles that lose most aroma in just a few days, often before it reaches a plate.

    Colour and aroma developed through April/May with a couple of pre-season edible truffles in May, and a few early ones at the start of June. The rest of June will see harvest volume and quality improve.
    An excellent crop has developed to date, with earlier signs of season starting in June now confirmed.
    Likely due to the resultant changes implemented this season as past research, observations and experiments are now yielding substantial results.
    Harvest volume has increased in line with previous years, with a very small amount of rot, so far well below 5%. This year's crop even seems to be predominantly the industry desired round shapely truffles, although this has no impact on edible qualities.


    "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 'Christmas truffle' equates to post winter solstice (~22nd June), early truffles can be acceptable IF you know how to use them well in appropriate dishes, but they still 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.
    In 2019 it will be interesting to see if the January formed truffles result in more early 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 when production peaks, there's a drop in demand, as much of the enthusiasm was wasted on the early junk. Followed by total disinterest in September, before the end of season as focus shifts to Spring menus.. rather than exploring truffle in salads etc.

    This sale of early truffle occurs in Australia May/June and Europe November/December. Social media is full of brown coloured truffle at these times, and even into the season proper. There's a good reason the name is Black Winter Truffle, not brown, it's the colour of the Ripe Spores.

    This may sound like evangelising, but it would be quite simple for us to also harvest too early at first signs of aroma.
    Far easier in fact than continually monitoring ripening truffle,  with increased losses to insects, weather etc. These losses are often 25% or greater in the final few weeks of ripening.

    A major producer has recently stated that "ripe truffle" can be left in the ground for a couple of weeks, and that this can assist extending the market season...
    They are partially correct, unripe truffle can indeed be left in the ground for several weeks... until it is properly ripe. What a surprising fact! Therefore they must be harvesting many under-ripe truffles.
    The optimal harvest window for prime quality is only a few days, it deteriorates after that, much like vine ripened tomatoes. Their harvesting method also puts dogs over designated trees fortnightly and cannot realise a truffles potential. This no doubt reduces harvesting costs and losses substantially, and helps meet market demand for ever cheaper truffle prices.

    In the 2018 season, our truffle was available through;

    • our Online shop, with delivery via express post
      or courier (metropolitan only)
      • final online shipment was 11th September
    • Farm Gate -Sales & Order Collection
      • {no orchard walks}
      • we closed for season from 17th September 2017

    Contact Us to arrange supply.

    Season progression, an approximation:
    October-December, Maintenance, Soil aeration, amendments, mowing, pruning, Stage 1: truffle initiation
    January-April Stage 2: truffle survival. Protecting truffles, irrigation, mowing, summer pruning

    May-June Stage 3: 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 using in 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.

    WINTER SOLSTICE ~21st June
    .... late June/July start of properly ripe truffle displaying all the proper qualities of flavour and aroma
    .... July/August Peak Season
    ... late August/early September reducing harvest volume and concerns about warm weather ending season early.
    ... September tail end of season,
    2016=7thSept, 2017=21stSept, 2018=17thSept

Archived notes from the 2018 truffle season.

Archived notes from the 2017 truffle season.

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.