In Spain, the black truffle harvesting season is regulated by law. As it is generally in most countries which are 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.
Individuals who hunt truffles in the wild are usually very quite about where their truffle producing trees are located. In days gone past, the exact locations was passed down from father to son as a family secret, no joke. Poachers were a constant threat, stealing this valuable tuber. Poachers still really are a major threat even today.
In mid summer, a truffle hunter will most likely have a stroll past his known black winter truffle producing trees. A dark truffle growing near the soils surface could make a bulge in the soils top soil layer. The truffle hunter will most likely mark the location in some inconspicuous way, maybe planting several seeds of wheat or barley, placing a stone nearby or leaving a twig.
A dark winter truffle producing tree, be it a holm oak or even 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 burned or bare area. The weeds in this area will have stunted growth or look like they’ve been burned. Here is the black winter truffle´s defense mechanism killing off your competition that keeps 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 female pig ( sow ) originally. People use now dogs since they are easier to coach 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 then loiter around where it has laid its eggs. The truffle hunter will walk with a stay, disturbing the location before him with it. He usually walks with the sun to his back, this way he is able to start to see the fly easier. Once spotted the fly, the truffle hunter knows a fresh black truffle can not be to far away.
It is a really neat experience hunting the black truffle in the wild. But you are able to avoid all that is if you own your own personal black truffle farm. Black winter truffle farms are good way to produce a living. Be the first in town to possess a black truffle farm.
A Black Truffle Farm
I’m 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 future prospects are great. A dark truffle farm is big business in Spain and other countries of the world.