Tarmac truffles

Truffles are often found in a range of ecological niches, but a recent find in Gloucester is a completely new one on us!

Tarmac truffles

Truffles are often found in a range of ecological niches, but a recent find in Gloucester is a completely new one on us! We were recently contacted by a chap who found something odd whilst digging a small hole in his driveway. The area in question is completely paved with the exception of one very small area that had been used to grow a small trailing plant. During a spring-dig to replant the hole, the surprised gardener stumbled across what looked like three large lumps of tarmac. It was only after slicing one of the lumps with a spade that he realized that these were something unusual. After sending samples to MSL, we identified them as summer truffles and a further inspection revealed a lime tree in a not too distant hedge. As the likely truffle host, the roots of the lime had travelled beneath the drive and
helped produce truffles in this tiny area. A remarkable find and it just goes to show that truffles can appear in the most urban of areas.
If you’d like help with a truffle identification or would like to know more about growing truffles in a urban area, although preferably not a driveway, please do get in contact:Shop@PlantationSystems.com or 0845 519 5808

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