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Wet Conditions Prepare NSW for a Bumper Truffle Season

Wet Conditions Prepare NSW for a Bumper Truffle Season

2022-07-15

Article by: Hari Yellina

With record rainfalls and freezing temperatures, Australia is on track to produce its largest harvest of truffles. These conditions are perfect for the growth of the fungus. A record-breaking 20 tonnes of truffles will be harvested nationwide, according to Noel Fitzpatrick, president of the Australian Truffle Industry Association. Early indications indicate that the season has been successful, he said. We currently rank as the fourth-largest producer in the world, and we anticipate more growth. Gaye Stuart-Nairne, a truffle farmer in Orange, claimed that their harvest was up 66% over the previous year.

According to Ms. Stuart-Nairne, “there has been a lot of wetness around, so it has been great for the spores to develop in the soil.” “It has also continually been cold, which has been difficult to endure. It is advantageous for truffles. “This season has been excellent.” After years of above-average temperatures, Ms. Stuart-Nairne predicted that this season will see a marked improvement in truffle quality. “You don’t get the lovely attributes that truffles are famous for in a dry suffering year,” she remarked. “This year, everyone is looking at the perfume because it is so good and the flavours because they are so well-developed.”

The past five years have been difficult for many farmers trying to grow truffles due to a combination of bushfires and drought. In southeast New South Wales, close to Bredbo, Barbra Hill manages a vineyard and a farm for truffles. The weather, according to Ms. Hill, has made it much simpler to access the fungus. It was like digging in concrete during the drought, she claimed. “Harvesting the truffles is a lot simpler this year. You can accomplish it without an ice-pick. According to Ms. Hill, the circumstances are a relief for the sector. When we are harvesting the individual truffles, the crop itself appears to be significantly greater than usual, she said. “Overall, it appears to be a better season than last four or five years,”