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Carmen

Carmen Jenner is a travel, food, and lifestyle writer, wanna-be photographer and the founder of Fluffy Towel. She specialises in travel memoirs, destination pieces, hotel reviews, guidebook contributor, travel advice, restaurant reviews, family travel, and copywriting.

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Truffle Time

filed29 Jul 2013 from

On the 28th July in 2003 the first ever (well, the first documented one) truffle was found in Western Australia’s Manjimup. Ten years on, the Wine and Truffle Co. is so successful they now export to the US, Germany and France.

I went on a truffle hunt last week and I can still smell that earthy aroma. And as you can see below hunting for truffles is a very simple process…once you’ve selected the right plot of land, inoculated the trees, trained the dogs and waited several years to break even. No wonder they are so expensive!

Meet Raisin, the truffle dog

Meet Raisin, the truffle dog

She's on the scent

She’s on the scent

Digging for black gold

Digging for black gold

Success!

Success!

Ooooh, that earthy aroma!

Ooooh, that earthy aroma!

Raisin certainly deserves a tummy rub for her hard work

Raisin certainly deserves a tummy rub for her hard work

Time to leave the gorgeous forest of Oak Trees

Time to leave the gorgeous forest of Oak Trees

And enjoy our spoils.  The simpler the ingredients, the better you taste the truffles

And enjoy our spoils. The simpler the ingredients, the better the truffle is savoured

We found 1295 grams in just half an hour and at $2.50 per gram that's over $3,000 dollars worth.

We found 1295 grams in just half an hour and at $2.50 per gram that’s over $3,000 dollars worth.

 

For more gourmet delights in the region check out The Great Southern Gourmet Hunt