In Spain, the black truffle harvesting season is regulated by law. As it is generally in most countries which can be fortunate enough to own black truffles growing in the wild. In Spain, the black winter truffle season begins the 15th of November and ends the 15th of March.
People who hunt truffles in the wild usually are very quite about where their truffle producing trees are located. In days gone past, the precise locations was handed down from father to son as a household secret, no joke. Poachers were a constant threat, stealing this valuable tuber. Poachers still certainly are a major threat even today.
In mid summer, a truffle hunter will often have a stroll past his known black winter truffle producing trees. A dark truffle growing close to the soils surface is likely to make a bulge in the soils top soil layer. The truffle hunter will often mark the location in some inconspicuous way, maybe planting a few seeds of wheat or barley, placing a rock nearby or leaving a twig.
A dark winter truffle producing tree, be it a holm oak or a downy oak, will have what’s called a burn up or brule around it. The top soil surrounding the trees trunk will have a burnt or bare area. The weeds in this region will have stunted growth or look as if they’ve been burned. This is actually the black winter truffle´s defense mechanism killing off the competition that is growing above it. The soil will also have a spongy feel to it once you walk about it, even thou the soil is dry.
The black winter truffle was hunted with a lady pig ( sow ) originally. People use now dogs since they are easier to teach and will eagerly hunt the black winter truffle as a game richette la rustichella. A dog doesn’t have curiosity about eating the prized truffle, the sow wanted the tasty morsel for herself. There also exists a truffle fly. This fly will lay its eggs on the ripe truffle.The fly will loiter around where it has laid its eggs. The truffle hunter will walk with a stick, disturbing the area before him with it. He usually walks with the sun to his back, that way he is able to begin to see the fly easier. Once spotted the fly, the truffle hunter knows a ripe black truffle can not be to far away.
It is really a really neat experience hunting the black truffle in the wild. But you can avoid all this is if you possess your own black truffle farm. Black winter truffle farms are good way to create a living. Be the 1st in town your can purchase a black truffle farm.
A Black Truffle Farm
I am a black winter truffle farmer in the North of Spain. My truffle farm is located on the outskirts of a town called Barbastro, Huesca, Spain. The truffle farm remains young and not producing any truffles yet. But, the near future prospects are great. A dark truffle farm is big business in Spain and other countries of the world.