Wellcome to the new year!
Today we’ve been analyzing at the microscope the first batch of truffles, 14kgs of melanosporum.
We just wait after Christmas when prices drop and although the aroma is not excellent, and peridium is still reddish in some of them, maturity of the spores is not bad, as we kept 6,4kgs of that batch for inoculum (the rest is returned back to the truffle provider).
In this case truffles came from a truffle orchard, and you can notice the holes made by Liodes beetle, a huge pest in some orchards. I already talked about them in another post. In my opinion, the truffles that have been drilled by the Liodes reach maturity sooner.
Truffles used for inoculum should be carefully checked, in order to analize spore maturity and avoid other truffle species. This is the first step in a quality control and traceability of the truffle tree production.
All the best from Barcelona,
Marcos S. Morcillo