The most recent season has been a good one and, much like wine, the black truffles that grow in South Australian orchards are influenced by the weather and the season. Growing below specially inoculated trees like oak and hazelnut, they flourish in cool, fertile soils and grow slowly throughout winter and into early spring.
The Adelaide Hills has an ideal climate and has become well-know for truffles in recent years, as well as a favourite hunting ground for pine mushrooms and porcini. There are truffles growing in Myponga and this year the first harvest of fresh truffles from the Barossa’s cooler, elevated country was made. Get used to seeing fresh truffles on Adelaide’s best city and South Australia’s best regional restaurant menus, as chefs rush to buy and serve these precious treasures of the earth.