Friday, July 22, 2011

Burgundy Black Truffle Cultivation

The University of Missouri Center for Agroforestry recently published "Burgundy Black Truffle Cultivation in an Agroforestry Practice."  It highlights information about the Burgundy truffle (Tuber aestivum Vitt., syn. T. Uncinatum Ch.) and the Perigord black truffle (T. melanosporum Vitt.), which ahve been determined to be the two best candidate species for truffle cultivation in the south-central US.

The guide not only informs readers about why these truffles are a preferred species to cultivate in the US, but also how to choose a plantation site for the truffles and prepare, establish, harvest and cook with the truffles you plant.  The guide also includes an extensive list of resource sthat would be helpful for any grower interested in truffles. The guide contains the following information:

  • The Burgundy Truffle as a Mycorrhizal Fungus
  • Why the Burgundy Truffle?
  • Choosing a Tree Species
  • Characteristics of a Good Plantation Site
  • Plantation Site Preparation
  • Plantation Establishment
  • Plantation Maintenance
  • Harvesting
  • Cooking with Truffles
  • Additional Resources

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