Australia is becoming a large stakeholder of black truffle world wide market. With over 13 tones of black truffles produced last season, from which have been marketed over 9 tones.
East coast prices have been high, around AU$1500 a kg average, but west coast prices from larger growers have been from AU$750-1000 a kg.
So the large west growers estimates the industry to be AU$ 8 million at the farm gate!
The big difference from coast to coast, from large growers to “boutique” ones, could make non viable economically small plantations.
In New Zealand, regarding official information form the NZTA:
“NZTA has no collated information on the amount of melanosporum, brumale, borchii, and burgundy produced. We would love to have that information. But alas, it is not easy to extract this from growers. We are expecting to have a better understanding in the near future. The brumale production strongly depends on truffières some have abundant burmale, some have a mixture of melanosporum and brumale, some have melanosporum only. What is certain is that there are growing quantities (a few 100s of kg is our educated estimate) of melanosporum being produced almost all over New Zealand.
Furthermore, to quote Alexis Guerin-Laguette, our technical representatitve: “All I can say is that I have seen many more melanosporum than brumale truffles in my time in NZ, especially in the recent years. This is true also of mycorrhizae_ on al high number of tested trees, I find mycorrhizae of melanosporum much more ofthen than those of brumale.”
In South Africa there are just 3 orchards producing but just one of them produced almost a kilo a week.
In Chile, season started to go down at mid august and ended by 10th september.
The estimated crop has been of 150 kilos, so raising quite fast from the estimated 60kilos harvested last year. It could easily double next year.
Note most of the 400 hectares of truffle orchards in Chile are still young, so just 50 of those have started to fruit, and just 4 of them with commercial crops between 20 and 40 kilos/hectare.
And in Argentina, there is a large truffiere (50 hectares) that just started to produce so will get some kilos in the future…
Thanks to Fred Harden and Javier Rozas for their updates on Australia and Chile.
Marcos S. Morcillo