This month we have been very busy collecting and processing annual data from our truffle plantations. Data from sites analysed so far show excellent progress and strong improvement on last year’s results. Looking through the data, there have been a few surprises, such as the prolonged drought conditions in the East of the UK resulting in lower than average tree growth rates but unexpectedly above average truffle-mycorrhiza growth. Growth rates have been good across areas with normal rainfall levels, with our silver-birch trial trees reaching a whopping 2.5m within 3 years!
Far away from the crowded beaches of Spain, our local partner, now in their fourth year, Parkview Management, has just completed their second planting of truffle trees. Large areas of Spain have ideal conditions for the valuable Perigord truffle and we are pleased to see so many trees being planted in this prime area. If you are interested in establishing a plantation in Spain please get in touch firstname.lastname@example.org
During March we have seen our first plantation of the year getting underway in France, with has trees inoculated with the Black Winter Truffle. This species thrives in the milder Mediterranean climates and is very valuable; prices reached a whopping €1250 per kilo this month. We also have new plantations in the UK with trees inoculated with the British summer truffle. The Summer Truffle has a broad tolerance of climate and can grow as far north as Sweden, which makes it an ideal species to cultivate.