It was the French epicure Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin who wrote, ‘In fine, the truffle is the very diamond of gastronomy.’ At Tamar Valley Truffles, they believe he’s right on the money. When it comes to delicacies, the famous French black winter truffle the Périgord is as good as it gets – and they grow them on their very own farm in the beautiful Tamar valley in Tasmania’s North.
The truffles grow as an irregular-shaped fungus and are harvested using specially-trained sniffer dogs. The dogs pick up the uniquely rich aroma that is emitted by a truffle when it is ripe, followed closely by a human expert who determines whether or not it is indeed ready, or if it should be left in the ground a little longer.
But beneath the truffle’s black, gnarled exterior is where the magic happens. Inside the truffles are smooth and fragrant, with delicate white veins running through the jet-black flesh. It looks and tastes unlike anything you might have tried before.
Tamar Valley Truffles are one of Australia’s leading producers of this gourmet delight. Not only do they export in abundance to restaurants throughout the world every year, they also partner with other like-minded Tasmanian-businesses to produce their very own range of truffle products. Highlights include truffle butter, olive oil, sea salt, shortbread, and a range of cheeses. Or, for the undecided, there’s always their special gift box set, with delicious sample packs from their range.
If you find this ‘diamond of gastronomy’ all too intriguing, tempt your taste buds today in the newly appointed tasting room, located at the truffière in the Tamar Valley. (Visits are by appointment). Alternatively, you’ll find all of their products – and some recipes to savour – on their website.
PO Box 698, Riverside 7250
Tel: +614 1711 2655
Images courtesy of Tamar Valley Truffles