Truffles are curious objects of seduction. They excite and provoke the senses. The mere whisper of their name elicits an immediate responses. They make you want to study their size, admire their shape and depth of colour. They implore you to close your eyes as you inhale their pungent aroma. They make you quiver with excitement as you reach out and caress their skin, and gently squeeze one between your fingers.
Somewhat Ironically, Manjimup in South West Western Australia is the largest producing region in the World of black truffles. These are the world’s most sort after culinary delight by predominately countries in the Northern Hemisphere, especially the French and Italians.
Roots of oak and hazelnut tree are injected with fungal spores to produce the black truffle known as tuber melanosporum and truffle hunting dogs are used to sniff for the presence of these black diamonds.
Truffle-loving tourist fill the cozy country town and Tall Timbers in Manjimup to eat the subteranean fungi during the months of June, July and August. Many come for the once in a lifetime opportunity to actually harvest these aromatic nuggets.
Hunts are open to visitors, guided by some of the world’s leading truffle experts.
Join an expedition and be privy to their truffle-finding secret. Venture through secretive, musky territories in chilly forest thick with oak and hazelnut trees. Along side, specially trained pigs and dogs help unearth the magic mushrooms.