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About Our Truffles

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FROM PASSION, PERFECTION GROWS

Australia’s first and finest truffles.

 

THE FIRST, AND THE FINEST

WHY NOT?

This simple question came up in conversation one day in 1992, when Tim Terry was on a fishing trip with a friend. 

 

Why couldn't a black truffle be grown in the southern hemisphere? How could it be done? Where would you begin?

 

That question set in motion a series of events that would culminate in the harvest of Australia's first black truffle, seven years later. 

 

Tim was a lifelong farmer. He understood the soil and the forces of nature that bring life to the land. But he'd never grown a crop like this. And the arcane knowledge of truffle growing was somewhere far away, in the forests of Europe. 

THE ART OF TRUFFLE GROWING

Undeterred, Tim studied the traditional European art of truffle growing, and faced each challenge of producing this delicate fruit on the opposite side of the globe with a farmer’s tenacity, creativity and resourcefulness. With an inventiveness born out of necessity, Tim, and his wife Adele, brought their own innovations to the traditional method of growing truffles, pioneering new growing techniques to suit Tasmania’s unique climate, soil and growing conditions. It’s a skill that has now been passed down to the next generation of the Terry family – Henry and Anna.

 

Tim Terry’s question was answered in the winter of 1999. On 18 June 1999, he became the first person and only person in Australia to produce a truffle in the 20th century. Since then, Tasmanian Truffles has become the country’s premium producer of exquisite black truffles.

 

LIKE FRAGRANT DIAMONDS IN THE EARTH

Dwelling in the secret dark of Tasmania’s fertile soil, French black truffles take shape like fragrant diamonds. Safe in the cool earth they grow – slowly, delicately, fold upon fold, until time and the alchemy of nature send an aromatic message to the hunter above, that the moment has arrived to unearth the sublime.

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WORLD-CLASS BLACK TRUFFLES

Tasmanian Truffles is Australia’s premier producer of world-class black truffles and premium truffle products. Their dedication and expertise in producing exquisite truffle products is born out of decades of innovation and experience and a drive to grow one of the world’s most celebrated ingredients.

 

IDEAL GROWING CONDITIONS

Tasmania's cool climate, pure air and water and fertile soil create the perfect growing conditions for black truffles. On their family farm in Deloraine, at the foot of Tasmania’s Great Western Tiers, their truffles are nurtured and grown slowly and carefully in optimum conditions. They lie in the cool, fertile earth, nestled among the roots of our orchards, until they develop their full flavour and aroma, and are ready for harvest.

 

HARVESTED WITH CARE AND DEVOTION

 

Tasmanian Truffles unearth their truffles at the perfect moment, guided by the finely tuned senses of their highly trained truffle dog and chief hunter, Doug. Each truffle is gently lifted from the soil by hand – harvested with the same care and devotion which they apply to every one of our premium truffle products.

 

Tasmanian Truffles is about passion, the rewards of patience, and the pursuit of perfection.

 

DOUG THE HUNTER

A MUCH-LOVED MEMBER OF THE FAMILY

Because he is a noble beast of wisdom and restraint, Doug then satisfies himself with the knowledge of a job well done (and some doggie treats), while we carefully, meticulously, unearth the ripe truffles by hand, ensuring that each one is born gently into the clean air, unmarked and perfect.