2017 white truffle harvest down because of dry weather in Central Europe
2017 white truffle harvest is down because of dry weather in Central Europe. At this time of year, we usually have beautiful white truffles from virgin forests and parks in Central Europe. The 2017 hot summer and exceptionally dry autumn in Central Europe has deprived the Tuber magnatum of the rain, cold, damp and frosty conditions necessary for maturation. Restaurants in Italy, usually preferring truffles from their home country, are now looking to the excellent truffles of their neighbours, Croatia and Hungary in the hope of treating their diners to the Tuber magnatum before the end of 2017. Consequently there are few white truffles of real culinary value, some estimating wholesale prices to have doubled, attracting a wholesale purchase price exceeding AUD$9000. Fingers crossed for rain and frosts in the Carpathian Basin. We remain hopeful that we’ll have some white truffles in December – we’ll keep you posted.