WORLD-RENOWNED TRUFFLE MASTER ON THE HUNT AT WOODFORDIA
World-renowned mycological expert Dr. James Trappe will head to Woodfordia (home of the Woodford Folk Festival) Sunday 25 June, to lead a truffle hunt.
A former research professor in the United States, Dr. Trappe is considered the leading authority on the flavourful fungi, having helped establish the North American and Australian truffle industries and authoring several books and numerous scientific papers on the subject.
Truffles are one of the most expensive delicacies in the world and thus often found on a restaurant menu rather than in a home pantry and used in pasta or risotto dishes.
Their unique aroma is largely cultivated by the damp soil they’re grown in, typically just beneath the earth’s surface near the root system of a tree.
Despite being a foraged product and therefore essentially free to find, truffles are highly sought after as their production in the wild cannot be controlled, nor is their discovery guaranteed.
Woodfordia Environmental Projects Manager and mycologist Dr. Sandra Tuszynska said the site’s largely forested areas made for ideal truffle growing conditions.
“Having a Land For Wildlife status, we have many species of macropods such as wallabies, bandicoots and native rats, all of which largely rely on fungi, including truffles, for food.
“By eating truffles, the animals disperse their spores and introduce the symbiotic fungi to new host trees, essentially inoculating our forests with the fungi that feed them.”
If you’re interested in joining the truffle hunt on Sunday 25 June at 2pm and learning more about this mycological marvel, get in touch with Sandra on the contact details below.
You’ll need to bring along a small hand-cultivator rake, sturdy shoes, gloves, hat and a water bottle.
Contact Sandra Tuszynska