Growing black truffles in Greece

Last week we analyzed with Real Time PCR several soil samples from one of the black truffle plantations we have in Greece. In this case north of Greece, close to the border to Bulgaria.

There are several host trees in this truffle plantation, Quercus pubescens, Quercus ilex and Quercus coccifera (local seed origin), but the host tree with higher concentration of truffle mycelium was the downy oak,  with 1,96mg of Tuber melanosporum mycelium/gram of soil.

Black truffle farming in Greece has a great potential with several orchards already fruiting. Moreover, Tuber borchii can be found almost everywhere in the country, from the pine forests of the hills overlooking the sea, practically 50-100meters of altitude in sandy grounds and in oaks and pines higher in the mountains. Prices paid per kilo in Greece typically for bianchetto around 150€/kg to the harvester.

But the most exciting news is that Tuber magnatum is quite well distributed as well in Greece. Since I posted about it 3 years ago  now several hunters are gathering this white truffle along the country. It looks magnatum enjoy the south eastern areas of Europe, not just Croatia and Bosnia…


Marcos S. Morcillo

About trufflefarming

CEO of Micofora. Truffles and edible wild mushroom science and farming. Researcher, truffle farmer & mycologist
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4 Responses to Growing black truffles in Greece

  1. Yanis Kostopoulos says:

    Hi Marcos, can i venture a guess here? Are these pictures from one of the Lazaridis plantations in Drama? Always a pleasure to read your blog..

  2. yashu Yanis,
    Bingo! 😉

  3. Yanis Kostopoulos says:

    Yeah, those places looked familiar. One more question and feel free to say no if you think you’re giving out too much Information: did he get around to planting those hectares up in Katafyto? I haven’t been there in a year and that place is just gorgeous for growing melanos, as far as climate and soil go.

  4. Yanis Kostopoulos says:

    Marcos, i saw your message only recently. I hardly use that mail account and don’t post from it. I understand, of course. No problem.

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