Truffle hunting in Victoria: where to unearth the fancy fungi
They might not be much to look at, but truffles are a seasonal culinary delicacy loved around the world and available to dig up right here in Victoria.
Black, knobbly, and covered in dirt - not the way you might usually describe a culinary delight.
But when it comes to truffles, that’s exactly what farmers and fans will be on the lookout for during this truffle season.
Winter is the peak time for truffles in Australia, with the gourmet black fungi available to be unearthed – quite literally – between June and early September.
“We’re going to produce probably about three tonnes of truffle in Victoria this year,” says Nigel Wood, director of Truffle Melbourne, a Gippsland-based business that both sells truffles and organises truffle hunts for the public.