Learning

How can a Truffle be Detected ?

 

Burning

Le Brulé

 

During its growth, the mycelium colonises the soil around the roots of its host-tree. In the case of certain species like the Black Truffle (Tuber melanosporum) and the Meuse Truffle (Tuber mesentericum), this growth causes “nanification”, meaning that most of the vegetation around is burnt or has even disappeared : this is commonly called burning (“brulé”).

Flies

Mouche à truffe

Man is not the only one interested in truffles. Some species of flies are attracted to them when ripe, in order to lay their eggs, which once hatched, can feed on the ripened truffles.

Therefore, when flies are present in the maturing season, it can be a sign that there are truffles close by.