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The fresh black truffle season is now under way & this Saturday you can buy exquisitely aromatic truffles from Slow Food Melbourne at Abbotsford Convent Farmers’ Market!
Truffles are harvested from late June until late August and Noel Fitzpatrick firmly believes that ‘fresh’ is the only way to truly experience the unique aroma and flavour of black truffle. “Our original idea was to make it easier for the ‘home gourmet’ to buy premium fresh truffles in season. Melbourne Farmers Markets are the perfect way to achieve this.”
“Truffles are also very easy to use and a little goes a long way so you don’t need to buy a lot and creating a memorable dish is totally achievable even if you are a novice in the kitchen. Our clients now anticipate and celebrate the relatively short season, often having truffle dinner parties during winter”.
Noel Fitzpatrick has devoted much of his working life to horticulture in many forms and in 2007 planted 2 hectares of truffle inoculated oak trees on his South West Gippsland farm with a view to establishing an online retail and regional agri-tourism business. Eight years on and the farm is in its 3rd year of production, yielding intensely aromatic French Black truffles in winter and the more mildly flavoured but equally delicious Black Summer truffles from late December till March.
The journey so far for Noel has been one of learning, travel and industry involvement. In 2008 Noel was awarded an International Specialised Skills institute Fellowship to study the European industry travelling to Italy, France and Spain to produce an educational report for the Australian industry. Noel has also spent time in USA and NZ attending and speaking at conferences then visiting local farms.
Noel hosts Black Truffle and Hazelnut Growing Seminars throughout the truffle season. Click here to find out more
Visit Noel on Saturday at the market to talk more about this exciting funghi and try them for yourselves!
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