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How are Truffles Picked ?

 

As the carpophores are underground, they cannot be picked without the help of an animal with an excellent sense of smell. Furthermore, as the growth cycle lasts several months, digging the soil to find the truffles would involve digging up numerous as yet un-ripe truffles, and this would endanger future harvests.

A dog or truffle-hound (or a pig) is capable of smelling the truffles when they have matured and ripened. When it detects, it scratches the ground and uncover the precious mushroom. The same ground has to be searched several times over the season, as truffles of the same species do not all ripen at once, but at various intervals spread over three to four months.