Mundaring Truffle Festival 2009

April 17, 2010

Singaporean-based author Aun Koh (aka  Chubby Hubby) reported on his visit to last year’s Mundaring Truffle Festival in WA (with some fantastic photos).

2010 Truffle Affaire in Western Australia

April 15, 2010

The Wine and Truffle Company in Manjimup, WA will celebrate the launch of the fresh Truffle Season in Australia with their 3rd annual Truffle Affaire on Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th May 2010.

Truffles and Peanuts

March 31, 2010

Today is the 35th anniversary of the publication of this Peanuts strip introducing Truffles (whilst truffle hunting):

The Secret Sex Life of Truffles

March 30, 2010

The New York Times reports on decoding of the Périgord black truffle’s genome by a team of French and Italian researchers. Apparently it is made up of 125 million units of DNA that contain about 7,500 genes. Among other things discovered is that truffles, long been thought be asexual, in fact have two sexes, or mating types. Another interesting thing in the article is that it seems that what attracts truffle flies (the pheromones anisole and veratrole) is different to what attracts pigs (the hormone androstenol) to the same truffles.

Chinese Truffles

March 3, 2010

Gareth Renowden, author of the excellent The Truffle Book, has posted a link on his Limestone Hills blog to an article he wrote on Chinese truffles. He also links to an article about his truffle hunting beagle Peg.



Can Science Give Truffles a Boost?

February 25, 2010

There was an article recently in the London Times on the “flurry” of scientific projects that attempt to explain the relationship between truffles and trees in order to increase yields. An interesting read even if it has a very French bias -I would imagine the inhabitants of areas like Alba and San Miniato in Italy would argue with the article naming Tuber melanosporum as “the most revered and expensive variety” of truffles.

Nero Norcia Truffle Festival 2010

February 24, 2010

This weekend from Friday 26th to Sunday 28th February 2010 sees the first of two weekends dedicated to black truffles in Norcia, Umbria with the 47th annual “Mostra Mercato Nazionale del tartufo Nero Pregiato di Norcia e dei Prodotti Tipici” (known to its friends simply as “Nero Norcia“).

Operation “Truffle”, Piedmont

February 23, 2010

The blog of gelato arisans, Capogiro describes their epic mission to find the best restaurant with the best truffles and wine in Alba, Monforte d’Alba, Torino and Barolo on a 10 day tour of northern Italy.

Black Truffle (Brush) Extravaganza

February 22, 2010

David Lebovitz has continued his truffle tales with an article on his visit to a truffle laboratoire in Cahors (including the fantastic photo below of a truffle brush that looks truffle).

2nd Annual National Truffle Fest, Asheville, North Carolina

February 21, 2010

The 2nd Annual National Truffle Fest will be held in Asheville, North Carolina from 25th to 27th February, 2010. Events include truffle seminars, culinary and wine education and a truffle dinner.