Truffle up at Red Hill By Liz Rogers

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Are you up for a hunt that delivers edible treasure? Are you ripe for an early morning wander in the mist-imbued Red Hill hinterland? Or a truffle-infused breakfast tasting? Then give Jenny McAuley at Red Hill Truffles a call and get set to relish in a magical Mornington Peninsula foodie experience.

Two Hunt and Breakfast at Red Hill Truffles events are on this winter and you’re invited. These most special gatherings are ideal for lovers of the hard-to-find fungus that is being used in delicious dining across the Peninsula and beyond.

Red Hill Truffles was the first farm to produce truffles on the Mornington Peninsula. Jenny and her sensational sniffer dog Thomas will lead you through the hazelnut and oak trees in search of the elusive black gold that is ripening as you read this. After the hunt you’ll return to Jenny’s beautifully rustic tasting pavilion to taste breaking-fast recipes.

For anyone who knows something about truffles, farming them isn’t easy. They start growing here in the ground in the first week of December and don’t ripen until the beginning of June. There’s the pH levels in the soil to consider, the right trees to plant and foster — it takes years before a tree will produce its first truffle — and then you’ve got find them. That’s where Thomas comes in. Jenny began her journey into the seductive yet hard-working world of truffle farming by growing a mix of oaks and hazelnut trees from 2005. She found her first truffle under a hazelnut tree five years later.

Truffles are available for purchase from Red Hill Truffles in early June. The first Hunt and Breakfast is on June 10. The next is in August. Phone Jenny or log on to her website to find out about other events and to truffle up!

 

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