Just landed from Greece and Turkey where we have been in a truffle tour this summer!
When talking on truffles most of us we think on Spain, Italy and France, but most of the east european countries produce truflles naturally. In the south-eastern countries, Greece and Turkey, fruit naturally Tuber aestivum and Tuber borchii, while further north, in Hungary, Romania, etc melanosporum, uncinatum, macrosporum are harvested and now farmed with a huge potential.
We had the oportunity to visit potential areas from southern Crete up to the north of Peloponesos and Mount Olympus, where we already have some truffle orchards.
Those plantations are mainly done using the holm oak (Quercus ilex), but also the bush Quercus coccifera, that in Greece can grow as a tree (see image below).
Due to the financial global crisis, new projects on rural farming grow fast in Greece and the black truffle farming has a huge demand. The summer truffle (Tuber aestivum) should not be fogotten as the environment is optimum for this variety, and prices can reach up to 120Euros/kg, more than double the ones in Spain.
For those of you interested on growing truffles in these countries, do not hesitate to contact us…
All the best!
Marcos S. Morcillo