Périgord truffles have a great reputation of flavour and are very pricey as they are mainly found in the wild, and are so called black truffles. There are more truffles in the Drôme - around Valence and Montelimar, as well as in the Luberon, near Apt where they are mainly cultivated. White truffles are found in Northern Italy and Croatia, where the biggest ruffle on record has been found in 1999 at 1.31 kg and a 1.3kg black truffle found in the south of France and sold in 2012. So, Ted and Barbara Smith from Yelverton Truffles in Robertson in the Southern Highlands of NSW can be proud of their achievement - finding a 1.172 kg truffle on their property in July this year. It was subsequently sold to the restaurant of Centennial Wines nearby in Bowral for 2500$. It was so big that Ted didn't need the help of his truffle dog, Jet, a very well behaved animal who knows it is time to work when on a leash.
James Viles of Biota Dining fame took us and his Executive Chef Joel on a trip to Yelverton Truffles a few week-ends ago and we met Barbara, Ted and Jet and were treated to a grand tour and degustation. You will find a few photos of our escapade below.
Yelverton Truffles - ROBERTSON - NSW
LOWES MOUNT TRUFFIERE - OBERON - NSW
HARTLEY TRUFFLES - LITTLE HARTLEY - BLUE MOUNTAINS - NSW
Born in France, well travelled, relocated to Sydney in 1997.
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