Truffle hunting in Manjimup

filed12 Apr 2016 from Carmen Jenner CategoriesActivities, Foodies, Great Southern

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

I went on a truffle hunt three years ago 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. Although you don’t get to keep your findings, truffle hunting with dogs is a lot of fun and if nothing else, the scenery is spectacular and you can sample all things truffle at Truffle & Wine Company afterwards.

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

Good girl!

Clever girl!

Time to leave the gorgeous forest of Oak Trees

Even if you don’t find black gold Oak forest is stunning

Time to enjoy our spoils and the simpler the ingredients the better you taste the truffles

Time to enjoy our spoils and the simpler the ingredients the better you taste the truffles

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.