First UK-farmed truffle harvested

March 12th, 2015|Categories: Truffle News|

By Claire Marshall BBC environment correspondent Dr Paul Thomas believes it will be the start of a whole new industry The first truffle to have been cultivated on UK soil has been harvested from a field in Leicestershire, according to a plant biologist. Dr Paul Thomas planted the fungus on 20 farms and estates around Britain six years [...]

ATC’s Chief Scientist Dr. Paul Thomas on the BBC

March 12th, 2015|Categories: Truffle News|

American Truffle Company's partner/chief scientist Dr. Paul Thomas (based in the UK) created the highly rigorous scientific methods for truffle cultivation practiced by ATC. He started six years ago with a planting in the UK and has since had harvests with partner orchards in Spain and Australia. This harvest in the UK is significant because it's the first successful commercial [...]

Ramping up for big planting in North America

August 12th, 2014|Categories: Truffle News|

Plus, size doesn't matter and other news... Summer is the time for soil amendment for a new truffle orchard, in time for the typical winter planting of truffle trees. We’ve been busy closely collaborating with our newest client partners, one of whom is planting a large orchard in excess of 25 acres. ATC has been leading the search for the [...]

Growing Black Diamonds In The Napa Valley

July 18th, 2014|Categories: Truffle News|

Nob Hill Gazette (July) THEN (2008, Munich): A man walks into a restaurant: a young Stanford graduate (Bachelor of Science degree in engineering; Master of Science degree in biology); an Italian bistro. He (let’s call him the techie) orders butter-tossed tagliatelli with black truffles shaved on top. He never had truffles before; it was a life- changing experience. Back home [...]

7 Tips, Tricks & Recipes for Cooking With Truffles

July 18th, 2014|Categories: Truffle News|

Napa's Chef Ken Frank Discusses 7 Tips, Tricks & Recipes for Cooking With Truffles LocalLuxe/San Francisco Guide ... Below are seven truffle tips, tricks, recipes and lies that were unveiled by Ken Frank, Executive Chef/Owner of Michelin Star La Toque restaurant at The Westin Verasa Napa. Chef Frank says he has eaten more truffles than anyone he knows. He bought [...]

Australia’s Largest-Ever Truffle Weighs 2.5 Pounds

July 16th, 2014|Categories: Truffle News|

Australia's burgeoning truffle industry dug up its largest-ever specimen earlier this week, in what some are calling a true sign of competition for France's black Périgord truffle industry: The Guardian reports the 1.172 kilogram truffle (roughly 2.5 pounds) was unearthed at New South Wales farm Yelverton Truffles. In a Facebook post documenting the find, Yelverton growers note that "our scales were not large enough, so it was taken [...]

Fake truffles and “bad chefs” get French growers flustered

June 5th, 2014|Categories: Truffle News|

March 2014 “Unscrupulous” French chefs are spraying cheap Chinese truffles with synthetic aromas to make them smell like the more expensive and upmarket Black French variety. According to AFR, French growers are frustrated with chefs that are “doping” truffles from China and the Himalayan foothills, worth €30 ($40) per kilo, to make them look like black French truffles from Périgord, [...]

New scientific data on black truffles plus hunting desert truffles

May 20th, 2014|Categories: Truffle News|

Dr. Paul Thomas [In April], we were in Morocco presenting data at two academic conferences on underground fungi. The first report presented investigates the climatic impact on the distribution of three key truffle species and the second is a large study (343 data points) on the impact of tree growth and development on truffle production. Both reports are being prepared [...]

ATC Collaborates with Landowner and Napa County

March 19th, 2014|Categories: Truffle News|

ATC is investigating the feasibility of truffle cultivation as a form of a riparian buffer that can provide landowners with an agricultural commodity that simultaneously provides an array of ecosystem services... To start, ATC is working with a landowner (Traina Property) on a truffle orchard that is within the Napa River Restoration Oakville to Oak Knoll (OVOK) Reach. Napa County [...]

Truffle Dogs Lead the Hunt

March 19th, 2014|Categories: Truffle News|

A highlight of the recent Napa Truffle Festival were the truffle dog training programs led by the Truffle Dog Company (TDC). Dogs are an integral part of harvesting truffles. There is no better machine to sniff out mature truffles... than the highly sensitive nose and the extreme mobility of a properly trained dog. Just like rigorous science is required for [...]

Save the Date! 5th Annual Napa Truffle Festival, January 16-19, 2015

March 19th, 2014|Categories: Truffle News|

If you missed this year's (fourth annual) Napa Truffle Festival, you'll have an opportunity to join us for the fifth annual in January 2015. Highlights from 2014 included two new signature programs... a Scientific Grower Truffle Cultivation Seminar to provide growers with a detailed technical overview of the science and methodology of truffle cultivation, and All About Truffles for people [...]

Sex and Truffles?

March 19th, 2014|Categories: Truffle News|

Dr. Paul Thomas explains... Throughout history, the origin and growth of truffles has been subject of many myths and legends. In arid regions, its often been claimed that when lightening hits the ground it causes truffles to form. The Bedouins of the Negev still refer to desert truffles as ‘the thunder fungus’. The Greek physician Pedanius Dioscorides believed truffles to [...]

NEW for 2014: Scientific Grower Truffle Cultivation Seminar, January 17, 2014

October 17th, 2013|Categories: Truffle News|

Designed for potential truffle growers, this in-depth session with Robert Chang and Dr. Paul Thomas provides an overview of the science and methodology involved in truffle cultivation (includes buffet lunch and Saturday truffle orchard tour at Sinskey Vineyards). Friday, January 17, 2014 View the full schedule and read more about the festival at

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