Black truffle grown in UK for first time
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.”