ETHICAL | ECOLOGICAL | ENVIRONMENTAL | SUSTAINABLE
Truffles can and do grow naturally in many types of soil and in a variety of climactic conditions and global regions from China, Europe, USA and Canada and Australia and New Zealand among others. However, this breadth is based on the fact that there are many different types of truffle.
Even where it would be economically viable, cultivation has proven not to be so successful. In fact, the Alba White Truffle (Tuber Magnatum), easily the World’s most valued truffle, with a world record price being paid for one weighing 1.5kg was £165,000 in 2007 has not been successfully cultivated.
In terms of value and volumes, the market for cultivated truffles is dominated by Tuber Melanosporum – The Perigord Black Truffle. However, as explained in About Us maximising crop levels and quantities can be very location specific.
Our region is dominated by large tracts of limestone (critical for succesful truffle growth) running under and towering over soil sufficient in organic matter to support vast quantities of fruit and vegetable cultivation. For water supplies, rivers are commonly dammed where they cut gorges through such limestone ridges. A classic example of this being the Barrage de Vinca (pictured here), 15 minutes drive from us. Add to this over 300 days of sunshine per year and an enormous network of irrigation canals and you have perfect conditions for truffle growth.
It’s true to say and many established Truffieres have admitted that their plantation locations, plant sourcing, husbandry and densities have not been conducive to production maximisation. This may one day in the future be said of or by us, as the world of truffle knowledge moves on. All we can do is apply the latest understandings that we have in the best locations, with the best science and management. If we can do this successfully, we can achieve the maximum plant health and truffle yields that are sustainable for in excess of 40 years.
Where We Are Planting
There has been a tradition of plantation location protection and this is as much a security issue, given the prospective value of the crop and a tradition of secrecy that follows from the wild sources still prized and protected by truffle hunters.
We do not plant for convenience of management but for maximisation of return. Our business plan provides for plantations to be protected from both wildlife and human interference via appropriate and extensive anti-penetration security.
You will of course receive full notification of our plantations when you buy and where your tree(s) are located prior to planting. We can say that our initial plantation is located in the coastal part of Department 11 – the Aude, in the famous Corbieres wine lands and are in the final stages of agreeing the purchase of a 130 Acre Wine Domaine, valued at €1.1m, for conversion to the world’s premier Perigord truffle estate.
Information & Visits
You can find out much more in our 28 page Purchaser Prospectus about our world class plant research and nursery facilities at the Institute Research and Technologie Agronomia (IRTA), Barcelona. This includes our long established plantation partners in Spain and our coming plantation activities in France. You can also learn more about our ground breaking control methodologies from acorn germination, to inoculation perfecting, soil preparation, hand planting and plantation husbandry and monitoring that is carried out throughout the life of our trees and truffles development when you buy from us. Nothing is left to chance and everything that can be done is diligently researched and applied to ensure your yield maximisation – we guarantee it.
You can of course for the price of a £30 flight visit us at our research and nursery facilities and of course on plantations as they develop. We can assist with information and accommodation tips and visits to special places that will make your visit uniquely memorable.
We develop Truffle Farms with the World’s best Truffle Science Company
WE PLANT THEM IN THE WORLD’S BEST TRUFFLE GROWING SOIL IN SOUTHERN FRANCE
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