Southern Cross Truffles (SCT) is mad about truffles – which are edible fruits of fungi that grow in association with tree roots. They are a fascinating and delicious luxury food, steeped in history. The truffle industry in New Zealand is about 20 years old. Significant quantities have been produced that have continuously achieved prices in excess of NZ $3000/kg.
We offer a complete and integrated package of services; consultancy services in establishing and managing your own truffiere; truffle-infected seedlings for sale; access to trained truffle dogs to sniff the truffle out; a channel to market your truffles; and if you have a taste for luxury food, an opportunity to buy fresh Perigord black truffle in the winter months of New Zealand.
Based near Christchurch, but providing services nationwide, we invite you to step out on an exciting and rewarding journey by becoming involved with an industry that has a great future potential.
SCT Truffle Talk
Port Levy planting is now complete and with all the rain and warm weather we have had there, the trees have transferred really well, looking forward to seeing the spring growth on them now.
I have also made the big move up to Waipara where Southern Cross Truffles will make its base as well as developing a new truffle site there.
At this stage with the new site development I am spending a lot of time walking the site after the big rains to gage where the problem areas may be in the future as well as frost and sun patters. I have been busy on the chainsaw removing low hanging branches causing shading and will be grazing and liming in the next few weeks.
Truffle Harvest Begins for SCT
The season has well and truly started for the year at our Waipara, North Canterbury site.
Tracy and Andrew Billingsley visited with two of their new truffle pups in training mid May. The pups did really well and marked several spots for us.
But it wasn't until the second week of June that I got that really sweet, earthy smell of a ripe Perigord truffle in the ground. It was the first mark for Digger for the season and there were 5 more great finds that day.
After a refresher in her training, Freddy has also got her first find on the board and is learning fast, with a LOT of energy!
Unfortunately the weather has not been co-operating with us so far and there have been some very wet weeks. Not only was our access road closed for a few days but once I got up to the site we have had a few rotten finds as well as the irrigation inlet disappearing. This is why we always stress the importance of free draining soil but sometimes it is just out of our control - one of the exciting (and frustrating) things about growing truffles.
Will keep you posted on how the rest of the season pans out or keep an eye on our facebook page.
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