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Growing truffles -good news big money crop

 
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http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-wales-south-east-wales-41884222

good news maybe you dont need a Mediterranean climate big money crop

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Indeed David, here in the states it is a rather pricey start up though with a single inoculated tree costing upwards of 200 dollars.
 
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200 wow I will check on prices here I dont think its that much
 
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from £40 in the UK http://www.englishtruffles.co.uk/product/buy-truffle-trees-10/ choice of truffles
 
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That is great David.
The reason for the high cost here is that truffles are not native to the Americas which means that first you have to have the culture of the fungus then inoculate the baby trees, lot of work before you can sell or buy the trees that will produce the truffles.
 
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Not Native to the UK either so might be another reason
 
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For me it is wrong climate for best product as well as cost of start up.

I love truffles, I love cooking with them too.
 
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I wonder if anyone has tried to cultivate pecan truffles?  They are a US native. They aren't as valuable but do have value. Pecans are native in MO, but I've never heard of anyone looking for them. If spores/spawn were found, it seems like you could stratify pecans in the spawn. I believe that's one of the ways they grow black truffles on oak.  http://www.southeastfarmpress.com/orchard-crops/pecan-truffles-sell-300-pound-if-you-can-find-them
 
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This has a lot of info on growing truffles. It’s really interesting. It sounds like quite an expensive challenge. It’s tempting though.  http://www.centerforagroforestry.org/pubs/Trufficulture2011.pdf
 
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