It was a cold and rainy morning when Anna Terry made a staggering find on her family’s truffle farm near Deloraine.
- One of Tasmania’s biggest truffles, worth around $1,500, has been found near Deloraine in the north
- Poppy, a trainee sniffing dog, made the discovery last week
- Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the truffle has been cut up as selling abroad is not possible
“It’s the biggest truffle we’ve ever had here,” Ms Terry said.
“It weighs 910 grams, which is definitely our record.”
Ms Terry said her trainee truffle sniffing dog Poppy made the discovery last week.
“Poppy just started digging and didn’t stop, then I started to see how big it was,” Ms Terry said.
“It just kept going and I started to get more and more excited.
“My dad Tim was at the farm too and I called out to him to come over, he was shocked to see it.
“He founded Tasmanian Truffles more than 20 years ago and it’s one of the biggest he’s seen.”
Ms Terry said anything over 500 grams was considered a large truffle.
“There have been some in Tassie that’ve been around the 1 kilo mark,” she said.
“It was a great find for Poppy.”
Truffle would have been worth $1,500
Ms Terry said there was no way to predict how big a truffle would be when harvesting.
“It’s just the luck of the draw really,” she said.
“Truffles ideally need nice, loose, free draining soil and lots of room to grow, which is clearly what happened here, it got really big.”
She said the flavour of the record truffle was not affected by its large size.
“[A truffle is] the same flavour regardless of how big it is,” she said.
“They’re not like some oversized vegetables that you see which typically have a bit of a watered-down flavour.”
She said the record truffle was one of the last from this year’s summer truffle season and would have been worth around $1,500 if sold.
But Ms Terry said selling the delicacy with COVID-19 restrictions in place would have been difficult, so it instead had been cut up.
“Even a restaurant here couldn’t have used all of it so I had to cut it up.
“It will probably all end up in my tummy.”
The farm will soon be reopening for tours once coronavirus restrictions ease, and the winter truffle season is due to start soon.
“Winter truffles are stronger in flavour and carry a sweeter aroma, these cost more than the summer variety as the flavour goes further when cooking with them and you don’t need to use as much,” Ms Terry said.
“Wouldn’t it be nice if I can find a winter truffle that size.”