How summer truffle season has been in Catalonia?


tons and prices of truffles in Spain

Spain produces on average 40 tons of summer truffle every year. Catalonia provides in a good season 10-15 of those tons. Note almost 100% of these truffles still comes from the wild, as Tuber aestivum orchards planted are too young.
The season just ended has not been good and probably in Catalonia have not been collected more than 4-6 tons.
A couple of weeks of very hot in May made truffles ripen early and in the first two weeks of the campaign so many truffles were gathered, up to 20% of the truffle of the whole season. From then production decreased a lot.
The quality was mediocre and so the low price,  45% of the truffle has some worm holes on the gleba and some “Boissé” (wood texture) as the French say.

Summer truffle in Spain always had low prices and specially this season that half of those truffles will go for “brisure”, this means truffles are chopped or grounded and autoclaved for industry, justify prices at origin of 40 € / kilo. It seems that the season abroad must not have been very good, as the wholesale price remained at about € 60-80 / kilo, restaurants buying about 120 € / kilo more selected truffles.

June was very dry in many regions, although there have been summer storms when needed, so if the fall “does well”, the black truffle season could be good in Catalonia.

The next two weeks we will be working on truffle plantations in Chile. I hope to give you updated data on how the season has gone there, as there are already several plantations that have gone into production.

Here some pics about the tapas with summer truffles we enjoyed on the presentation of our new book last month 🙂

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cheers,

Marcos S. Morcillo

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CEO of Micofora. Truffles and edible wild mushroom science and farming. Researcher, truffle farmer & mycologist
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2 Responses to How summer truffle season has been in Catalonia?

  1. laurent says:

    “boisé”, not “boissé”, but isn’t important!

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