Editorials
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6 Aug 2021
7:20 am

If Europe trifles with SA truffles…

Editorials

The truffles are not harvested in the normal way – dogs are specially trained to sniff out the roots where they are present.

Trevor and Marda Norris, and their dog, Clyde, search on the Woodford Truffle farm, for Black Winter Perigord truffles in an orchard of specially-planted oak trees, close to the town of Ceres in the Western Cape. Photo: AFP/Rodger Bosch

Though they mean little to most people, truffles are the “black diamonds” of the fine-dining sector, being used by the world’s top chefs to create dishes which only the rich and famous can afford. Now, there are some farmers in South Africa who want to cash in on the mystique of the truffle, a pungent fungus which attaches itself to the roots of oak trees and which is a major crop in Mediterranean Europe. Volker Miros and his son Paul began their project on the family farm in the Cederberg area of the Western Cape in 2009, and now have...