Recently pupils from Moncreiffe Primary School in Perth were digging up their vegetable patch and discovered a “mystery” truffle. Head teacher Karen Young said: “Children from one of the school gardening groups were harvesting their potatoes, onions and beans, when they dug up something they didn’t recognise.”
Truffles found in a school in Perth
Recently pupils from Moncreiffe Primary School in Perth were digging up their vegetable patch and discovered a "mystery" truffle. Head teacher Karen Young said: "Children from one of the school gardening groups were harvesting their potatoes, onions and beans, when they dug up something they didn't recognise."
The teacher who leads the gardening group, Jane Savage, had an inkling it might be something rather special and contacted one of the school's business partners, locally renouned chef Graeme Pallister. Pallister confirmed that the children had indeed found something that resembled a truffle.
Mrs Young added that the pupils and staff were amazed at the discovery. The truffles were handed over to wild food expert Andrew Fraser whom said it was not a variety he had ever seen before in Scotland. "They are truffles - we just don't know what sort they are," he said.
We have since been in contact with the school and have received a sample of the truffle for analysis, so we can find out exactly which species it is and whether it is edible or not. There are over 70 different species of truffle but only 7 are edible, therefore it is important to get them identified scientifically by an expert before you consider eating them. We will let you know the result next in next month's newsletter but on a first glance, it looks like we may have a new find of the white spring truffle- Tuber borchii.
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