The white truffle from Muzzana de Turgnano, a small town in northern Italy (between Trieste and Udine) have become the world’s first truffles to be certified by PEFC (which is the protocol most widespread for forest certification in Europe, as FSC is in other regions). This certification was initiated by the Associazione Amatori Muzzana Tartufo. Truffles are harvested by dog as traditionally at the region Bosque Baredi, that just has been certified by PEFC and covering over 160 acres of common land. As many of you may know Tuber magnatum can reach a market value of around 2,000 euros / kilo (see the Aqualagna tartufo market prices)
Forest certification can ensure the sustainable management, but if you are looking to give and added value to the product, a truffle or mushroom brand could be the best option. In this way, in Spain, it has been established the brand “tòfones de la Baronia de Rialp” (truffles of Baronia the Rialp, wich is a really good native truffle area) in Catalonia. Another one is the brand “mushrooms under the umbrella of National Parks” in Andalucía or the brand “Mushrooms of Castilla y León”, recorded in 2010 (their logo is the upper image). Under this brand, a training program that specializes, from high commercial criteria to harvesters, handlers and operators of products for sale has been carried out.
A few years ago in our office in south Portugal, Micoflora, we’re using the same system PEFC to certify forests and their non-timber products.
All the best!