QLD’S BIG­GEST TRUF­FLE?

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A BE­HE­MOTH truf­fle has just been un­earthed in our back­yard, with grower Matthew Hib­berd con­fi­dent it has smashed Queens­land records.

The 505-gram fun­gus is a rar­ity, with Mr Hib­berd say­ing it’s un­likely they’ll see one that big again.

“I just spent two days in Can­berra at some truf­fle hunts and they said a 300-gram truf­fle is quite sig­nif­i­cant,” the Truf­fle Dis­cov­ery Cen­tre Stan­thorpe owner said.

“Def­i­nitely the largest I think the Queens­land re­gion has ever pro­duced and prob­a­bly go­ing to be.

“It was an early sea­son truf­fle too, which is quite un­usual. Nor­mally they take a bit of time to grow and ripen.”

Pre­vi­ously, a 200g truf­fle was the largest he’d dis­cov­ered and he puts his lat­est find down to a lit­tle luck and magic.

“They grow nat­u­rally through sum­mer and au­tumn and that par­tic­u­lar lo­ca­tion had the right grow­ing con­di­tions and a lot of luck. There’s not a lot to it – it’s just magic re­ally.”

With an es­ti­mated worth of up to $2000 or more, he’s not sure what to do with it.

“It’s on dis­play at the mo­ment but prob­a­bly needs to be chopped up very shortly so I think a lot of truf­fle scram­bled eggs will be on the menu at my place shortly. It’ll also go into our truf­fle oil and honey.”

Truf­fle lovers can cel­e­brate all that is truffles on Au­gust 5 at Queens­land’s first truf­fle fes­ti­val, Tartufo, be­ing or­gan­ised by Mr Hib­berd.

“Tick­ets are start­ing to sell re­ally well. There’s def­i­nitely a lot of foodie in­ter­est. There’s a real mys­tique to the truf­fle.”

The largest I think the Queens­land re­gion has ever pro­duced — Matthew Hib­berd

PHOTO: MATTHEW PUR­CELL

GO­LIATH: Truf­fle Dis­cov­ery Cen­tre Stan­thorpe owner Matt Hib­berd with what could very well be the big­gest truf­fle ever un­earthed in Queens­land.

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