have long been prized in culinary circles for their unrivalled, decadent flavour and intoxicating aroma. They are purported to be the most expensive natural food product in the world and are associated with luxury, exclusivity and desirability the world over.
Truffles, also known as black diamonds,
Certain areas in New Zealand have been successfully cultivating world class Black, White and Burgundy Truffles on a boutique scale since 1993. Truffles are a type of underground fungi that form on the roots of host trees. To grow truffles, very specific soil, climatic and water conditions must be present. Truffles, the darling of the food scene, have long been showing up on dishes around the globe but are now also found in cocktails and desserts. Recently truffles have been trending due to changes in eating habits such as veganism and vegetarianism, with truffles being referred to as plant-based caviar Truffles grow on the root structures of trees, and this is where it all starts. Truffles are a high value product that can be produced in an environmentally friendly way, with far reaching benefits to the New Zealand environment, carbon sequestration levels and soil health.