NEWS

Dr Paul Thomas (our managing director) has appeared on several TV programmes, radio shows and in many written articles. Specific areas of expertise include the biology, cultivation, hunting and cooking methods of the wide range of truffle species. If you would like an interview or require information for an article then please use our contact form (LINK) and we would be very happy to help.

Below, our most recent new articles are displayed and our back-catalogue is open for browsing.

June 21, 2015

Droughts in Eastern Europe

A severe drought in Eastern Europe has damaged crops and raised concerns over the area’s economy. Eastern Europe is a big producer of wild-harvested summer truffles, and we have noticed a steep decline in harvests this season. There are worries that the prolonged drought could also impact next year’s harvest, which will inevitably push up the prices for the summer truffle. Luckily the summer truffle is very drought tolerant and should recover well, but in the meantime we will be looking at higher than usual prices for the delicacy.
June 21, 2015

Duck Eggs with Summer Truffles

To get you in the mood for summer, and the summer truffle season, try this summer truffle recipe. Preparing the truffles Give the truffles a quick rinse under running water and gently brush away the soil with a truffle brush (or unused tooth-brush). A sharp knife or adjustable cheese plane can replace expensive truffle shavers, but a fixed cheese plane will slice too thick. What you’ll need -2 tbsp duck fat -4 duck eggs -1 summer truffle -hot buttered toast, to serve
June 20, 2015

August Truffle Cultivation Seminar

August 7th is now confirmed as the date that we’ll be running our next truffle cultivation seminar. The event is for everyone and anyone who has an interest in truffles and truffle cultivation. The day will consist of a fascinating presentation covering all aspects of truffle growing and plenty of time to ask any questions that you might have. The event will be held at Bradley Park Golf Course, Bradley Road, Huddersfield. HD2 1PZ, if you would like to reserve a place, please do get in contact.
June 20, 2015

First truffle find of the year?

In the beginning of June, we received an email about a suspected truffle find in Hertfordshire woodland. After receiving samples, we are able to  confirm that it is indeed the first new summer truffle find of the season. If you suspect that you have found truffles, please get in touch as we always love to hear of your discoveries. Please don’t consume anything if you are unsure what it is, email us atshop@plantationsystems.com and we can identify the species.
June 20, 2015

Burger King’s black truffle burger

Tofu flecked with gold flake, foie gras pudding, caviar-topped dim sum: It’s no secret that Hong Kong likes to glam up its food. Now, the fast food giant Burger King is also getting into the act. The latest indulgent menu addition here in Hong Kong is a black truffle burger – part of its overall premium series of food items intended to present “a taste of royal delicacy”, as the company puts it.
June 20, 2015

Increased grants for truffle growing- £4,800/Ha

Here is advance notice of the rules and payment rates for the 2012 woodland creation round, where there are substantial increases in the grants awarded. Full guidance will be available later this month, at which point the forestry commission will be open for applications under the 2012 rules / rates. The basic planting rate will rise by a thousand pounds for broadleaves (a suitable grant for truffle plantations) to £2,800/ha. New woodland that delivers key national
June 20, 2015

Skills for Chefs

Skills for chefs is a conference and exhibition that showcases the talents of leading chefs. There will be over 170 chefs at the event, and our own Paul Thomas will be delivering a presentation focusing on truffles, explaining, amongst other things, the different species and how to get the best flavour out of them. Some chefs will also be demonstrating cooking techniques with the gourmet fungi.
June 20, 2015

Truffles in the US

Over the pond our partner Robert Chang has been very busy drumming up awareness of truffle cultivation. He is currently holding truffle growing seminars in Napa Valley, California, with two more scheduled this month.

  • With our own genetics lab and research sites in 23 countries, we are truly world-leading in the field
    Daniel Paskin
    Nursery Manager
  • Thorough and scientific methodologies, attention to detail and having a committed partner at every step of the way, is the only reliable approach to truffle cultivation
    Dr Paul Thomas
    General Director
  • From guidance in orchard establishment, tree supply and management to our own truffle distribution network, we've got all angles covered
    Samantha Ellis
    Business Development

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