Plant in shady soil or open ground, ideally with a PH of 7.3 to 7.6, - Limey well drained soil. Test the soil and add lime if needed..
Normal harvest time is June to November , after 4-6 years.
A typical plant should produce about 1kg of truffles per year on average after 4-6 years Normal harvest time is June to November.They can live for 50 years! The beauty of this is that Hazelnut trees are totally hardy,native plants, suitable for any garden size as they can be pruned, and will grow in most Irish soils because they like lime. Truffles once grew everywhere in Ireland until all the trees were cut down in the famine times and they died out. Now we have a chance to reintroduce them again. You get to enjoy the hazelnuts and the truffles! The hazel tree is also a great wildlife tree.
Planted out in the garden, they will produce highly prized truffles in 4-6 years. Ample Hazelnuts will also come as a bonus if more than 1 are planted.
A fantastic gift idea for Gardeners, Chefs and Gourmets.
Trees are supplied as young plants 30-40cm high, with full instruction booklet and a certificate. Truffles require a limey soil to grow well so you should check the soil with a Soil Test Kit before planting. . Note - plants have no leaves in winter.
How to Know You've Got a Truffle
To spot truffles, you typically look for the brûlée or burn, around the trees. This is usually a small dead patch of grass above the truffle, if they are growing in grass.
When you've found what you think is a truffle, sniff it. If it has a rich, earthy, garlicky, pungent smell (some think the aroma is wonderful, others think it's funky), it's ripe and eatable. You may not smell anything right away; often, conditions in the woods are cold and wet during truffle season, and the truffle may need to warm up before it gives off its scent. Take it home and smell it again. If there's still not much fragrance, wrap it in a paper towel and put it in the fridge for a week or so to ripen. (However, if it's been harvested too young, it won't get any riper.) Another way to determine if you have a real truffle is to cut it in half; most eatable truffles have solid cores with unique, beautiful marbling throughout.
Train Your Dog to Hunt for Truffles
Use the truffle you've found—especially if it's pungent—to train your dog to find more. Place the truffle in the toe of an old cotton sock, along with some other stuffing. Use it to play "hide-and-seek" with your dog. Make sure you reinforce the scent by letting the dog smell the sock between each search. Use a command like "Get the truffle!" each time. Remember to reward with food and praise for each success, and make the search harder and harder, always using the command "Get the truffle!" Eventually, you can move the game outside, where you can bury the sock in the ground or under pine needles. Keep the sock in the fridge; eventually it'll get very ripe, but your dog will love the smell. Once your dog gets good at this game, take him out to the woods for the real thing. A good truffle dog is the answer to consistently finding plenty of ripe truffles.
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