How to grow truffles in the backyard? The method
Those who end up on our tables, joy and delight of gourmets, and commonly called truffles, are hypogeous mushrooms belonging to the Tuberacee family. Their “king” is the white truffle, the most appreciated in the world. Following are the so-called “blacks”, the less valuable truffles: the shingle (summer variety) and the tuber melanosporum (the winter variety, the most precious).
The truffle has been known since antiquity: it is quoted by Pliny the Elder in his Naturalis Historia. Already highly appreciated, it was often present on the tables of the high prelates and nobility. A “fifth essence” for some, from so high a value to the ecstasy, even. The aphrodisiac effects of truffles have never been missed, perhaps because one of the plants “colonized” by the truffle is the oak tree, a plant so dear to Jupiter, also famous for its strong sexual appetite. So much so, Doctor Galeno had to write about it: “truffle is very nutritious and can give pleasure” referring precisely to the hidden qualities of the tuber.
The truffle is very sensitive to the environmental and seasonal factors that determine its rarity, the essential reason for its high and sometimes prohibitive cost, especially in unfavorable years. Naturally, science (truffle science) has sought and is looking for ways to cultivate truffles for obvious reasons; but while the results on black truffles are excellent, the white cousin (Tuber magnatum) is quite disappointing. ARTICLE CONTINUES FROM THE NEXT PAGE>