Truffles are known for being extremely difficult to grow, hence their high prices. They require a very specific environment to thrive in and take many years to cultivate.
You may have heard of chocolate truffles, a deeply indulgent and creamy sweet treat. But that’s not the type of truffle we’re talking about here.
These rarer and more expensive truffles are a type of edible fungi akin to mushrooms that grow underground on the roots of certain trees. The two most relevant species of truffles are the black truffles and white truffles.
Humans are not able to tell when a truffle is ready for harvesting. The services of a specially trained dog or pig are required to detect when truffles ripen underneath the ground.
Even if you’re an experienced gardener with years of plant parenting under your belt that’s willing to rise to the challenge of cultivating truffles, it will be incredibly difficult for you to do so.
Truffle growing is best left to the experts. And even then, fruitful results are not guaranteed. But if you’re determined to try your hand at growing such a delicacy, be prepared for a lot of waiting around.
And make sure you have at least half an acre of land available so there is ample room for your tree to flourish and spread its roots. Attempts at cultivating truffles in pots or other limited spaces have been futile.
For truffles to develop, they need a tree to become inoculated with truffle spores. Each species of truffle needs a different tree. For instance, black truffles will only prosper with specific oak trees like the English oak or the French oak.
Many aspects need to come together perfectly to create the most suitable conditions for truffles to grow.