Charles Lefevre, who organizes the Oregon Truffle Festival and manages the company New World Truffieres, just told me when we met at the Tuber2013 conference, that they just harvested the first black truffle grown in Oregon.
Now I’m reading that new black truffles had been found in British Columbia, near Vancouver.
If you have the chance to go around the North West Pacific area (that I think is a must 🙂 you’ll notice that has nothing about the mediterranean climate where Tuber melanosporum grows naturally, but ocean, rainy and cold climate. Anyway each day I get more and more amazed how the black truffle can fruit in such different climates. We’ll see in the comming future if we can talk about truffle farming or random fruitings, as a few orchards have been planted in the area.
Note that recently the black truffle has also been grown in Sweden.
Yesterday I was reading in the newspaper that temperature in Montpellier (France) is nowadays the same temperature that Barcelona (300km further south) had 20 years ago. If models don’t fail, northern territories could become in the future the potential farmland for the black truffle.
To ilustrate this post I choose a lovely picture our friend Fabian sent us while searching uncinatum in Germany (http://www.leinebergland-trueffel.de/).If you like it, there is afew more here:
All the best,
Marcos S. Morcillo