Black truf­fle grown in UK for first time

The Guardian Weekly - - Diversions - PA

An ex­pen­sive Mediter­ranean black truf­fle has been cul­ti­vated in the UK for the first time, the far­thest north that the species has been found.

Re­searchers be­lieve the truf­fle, mostly found in north­ern Spain, south­ern France and north­ern Italy, was able to grow in Wales due to cli­mate change.

It was grown in Mon­mouthshire as part of a project run by the truf­fle firm My­c­or­rhizal Sys­tems Ltd (MSL) and was har­vested in March 2017 by a trained dog named Bella.

Fur­ther anal­y­sis con­firmed that Bella’s find was a Périg­ord black truf­fle ( Tu­ber melanospo­rum).

Dr Paul Thomas, of MSL and the Univer­sity of Stir­ling, said: “This cul­ti­va­tion has shown that the cli­matic tol­er­ance of truf­fles is much broader than pre­vi­ously thought, but it’s likely that it’s only pos­si­ble be­cause of cli­mate change, and some ar­eas of the UK – in­clud­ing the area around Cam­bridge – are now suit­able for the cul­ti­va­tion of this species.”

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