Water and summer truffles fruiting

Alex, a young Catalan truffle hunter, has been informing me of his field experiments and he reported some interesting information that I would like to comment here.

This is a quite boring and bad summer truffle season, with almost no rain in may and june and really high temperatures, so truffles dried up and quality was low, as prices at harvester (30-50€/kg of dirty truffles).

Alex began in late May to protect some wild truffieres as you can see in the picture. It also decided watering as he could.

One week after watering he already found the first truffles (probably due to the moisture that allowed his dog to detect easier the aroma). But since then, truffles have been found exclusively where he had watered. Here is a picture of the last ones harvested this week on this “wild managed” truffieres.

 Although we already knew how random summer truffle fruitings could be, these results seem very interesting because we could indicate two things:

The availability of water between May and July is directly proportional to the production of summer truffles.

The fruiting period and / or maturation of summer truffles could be very short (even less than two months).


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CEO of Micofora. Truffles and edible wild mushroom science and farming. Researcher, truffle farmer & mycologist
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