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.
As the harvest season draws to an end, it is time for an update, albeit a little late this being the August newsletter. It has been a funny season for the Southern Cross Truffles North Canterbury truffle block. A very slow start with a lot of rain, warm temperatures and no frosts in an area that is usually the complete opposite (if you spoke to me this time last season it was complaints of too much snow on the ground). But once we had a few good frosts the truffles started to get that all familiar sweet smell and were ready for harvest. No big finds like last season when we found three truffles over 500grams, but a positive is that many more trees are now in production and spreading into new areas throughout the truffiere, something that is better in the long run. The truffles were on the whole significantly smaller, between the 10 – 30gram size, but a lot more of them.
Digger, our Australian Kelpie dog, has really improved his skills and his ability to work more trees for longer. This has been a huge help to feel confident that the truffle block has been searched properly and that we are finding a large percentage of what is there. Freddy is still learning but has had some good finds, it is just a matter of honing her never ending energy into finding truffles and not all that is in between!
Left image: Digger hard at work sniffing our Perigord black truffles. Right Image: Putting the truffles to good use making truffle butter
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