Isn’t it such a familiar story, what we perceive as “instant” success is actually years in the making? How about your family settling the property 150 years ago! The property is situated in Red Hill on the Mornington Peninsula, named “Glen Bower” it was first settled in 1864 by Jenny McAuley’s great great grandparents.
Let’s digress a moment, what are truffles anyway? A truffle is the fruiting body of a subterranean Ascomycete fungus, predominantly one of the many species of the genus Tuber. The Black Perigord truffle, Perigord a region in France, is a famous truffle for cooking and super as an infused oil!
You know how dogs are a person’s best friend. When it comes to truffles this is doubly so because truffles grow underground. Not all dogs are suited to sniffing out truffles but, Thomas, Jenny’s dog can do the job!
Jenny and her husband Mike inherited the property and starting planting hundreds of oak and hazelnut trees starting in 2005. A farmer’s work is never done snd there are aways new things to learn and try out working with nature. This year Red Hill Truffles planted an additional 720 new tress specially inoculated with summer truffle (another variety).
You can learn more about Jenny’s work through http://www.redhilltruffles.com
Here’s the best part, you can join Jenny and Thomas on a truffle hunt. This is one of the few places you can gain this experience without flying to France! Private, small group tours are available exclusively through MP Experience. During a tour you learn more about truffles, get out in the fresh air (don’t forget the gumboots and maybe a raincoat!), and get to try samples of all things truffle.
There are a couple of spaces on Sunday 26th July and Sunday 2 August but contact Danielle Field, tour manager, 0410 596 637
Contact MP Experience, http://www.maxsrestaurant.com.au/mornington-peninsula-experience, runs exclusive tours to Red Hill Truffles.