Welcome to Woodford Truffles SA

Woodford Truffles SA (Pty)Ltd. 

We are a Farming Partnership Company, bringing together knowledge from around the world for the commercial production of 'The Black Perigord Truffle', Tuber melanosporum, in the Southern African region.

We believe our techniques are advanced, using thorough and scientific methods currently employed internationally, to cultivate the black truffle.

Our production techniques used for partnership plantations have the following benefits:

           1.  DNA-identified innoculums, 

           2.  multiple innoculations, 

           3.  reduced contamination through autoclaving the substrate. 

With solid relationships across the globe through the scientific community consulting for us, our thorough orchard monitoring will lead to successful truffle harvests.


If you are interested to become a grower participating in this Truffle Joint Venture program contact us.  Let us know where in South Africa your land is situated to enable us to ascertain its suitability for truffle growing.




TRUFFLE CULTIVATION IN SOUTH AFRICA 

WORKING IN PARTNERSHIP WITH FARMERS AND LANDOWNERS

Woodford Truffles SA (Pty)Ld.

Our head office is based at

5 Bisschop Road, Hout Bay

Cape Town 7806

South Africa

Tel.   +27-21-7913953

Fax.  +27-21-7914398

cel.   +27-83-2251179

e-mail     mirosct@iafrica.com


The Truffle Guru of South Africa

 A Truffle Gerfuffel !

     The Black Perigord Truffle is the legendary culinary black diamond of the kitchen - Tuber melanosporum - we have long read about in European magazines and associate it with the good life of champagne, caviar and a luxe lifestyle. Ah, the good life!


Volker Miros, is the Truffle Guru, his interest in mushrooms at a very early age when mushroom hunting with his grandfather in the forests of around Stuttgart, Germany. Later in life, Volker’s interest in food steered him to become a prominent Food Photographer.


      First, a confession: I am a microphile at heart. As a young boy in Germany, my grandfather trained me to search for wild mushrooms in the forest. The splendid mushrooms we found were then served at our Sunday lunch. This fondest of childhood memories left an indelible, aromatic impression on me. I tried to grow boletus mushrooms for years in South Africa and never succeeded. I am a South African farmer, so failure was not an option but a challenge. 

CULTIVATING TRUFFLES IN SA

Background information for the grower … THE BASICS


Is your Area Cold Enough ?

The most important step is to establish if you have the right cold units. We need 800 cold units for truffles to be successfully propagated in your area.

Your day and night average winter temperature needs to be about 8° degrees . Lower temps are OK but higher temps are not ideal and would have to be tempered by mulching.


Site Establishment

Your site selection is the second most important step toward successful truffle production. 

Take sun and wind direction and water availability into consideration when choosing a site.

The French black truffle (Tuber melanosporum) needs a climate without extreme summer heat or extreme winter cold. Mulching and irrigation methods can modify conditions and make marginal areas suitable for truffle growing.

Truffles require well-drained soils. The French Black Truffle tolerates a broad range of soils from sandy to clay loams, including rocky soils.

Woodford truffles team of experts will work together with you to confirm the most suitable site.

TRUFFLE MANAGEMENT TEAM


VOLKER MIROS. S.A.S.C                  

The driving force, and person you should contact for all the low down on the Joint Venture Project in South Africa.The 'Truffle Guru' of South Africa.

Paul

PAUL MIROS. S.A.S.C

Second in command, and in charge of advertising and marketing





RIAAN VAN ZYL. BSc.

(Bsc)Silviculturist. Arborialist, 

 Our in-house forester, will give advice on pruning and tree health to maintain the condition of the truffle trees.



ANGELA MIROS. 

Woodford Financial Director.


TONY FRITH.

CA(SA) Accountant

SPECIALIST CONSULTANTS

PROFESSOR ALLESSANDRA ZAMBONELLI. 

Mycologist. 

Co-author of the Truffle Bible “Taming the Truffle”, Bologna University, consults and willingly shares all her secrets.


Dr.RONEL VAN ROOYEN.

Mycologist - Our in-house consultant


HEINI LÜTTICH.

Irrigation and Climatology Consultant.

ex-Department of Water affairs.(DWAF)


Dr. RENEÉ PRINS

Geneticist.

Renee does all the DNA testing for Woodford Truffles to make sure only “Melanosporum” spores are used for inoculating our seedlings.

OUR TRUFFLE LABORATORY

The Laboratory work conducted over the past 7 years has crafted and refined the process we employ to produce quality saplings. 

Innoculation techniques have been refined to suit the unique conditions of the Southern African biosphere.

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Our International Consultants' annual visits continue to bring fresh ideas and updated methodologies. Continued identification and thorough infestation of mychorizal inoculations, ensure viability of the trees. Truffles are DNA tested to ensure only Tuber Melanosporum is used in the innoculation process.

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OUR TRUFFLE NURSERY

The woodford nursury is capable of producing over 40 000 trees annually.

Our team of nursery staff work all year round to care for the saplings to produce specimins we are proud of releasing to our JV Partners.

Inoculation and nursery methods are continuously researched, checked and updated as new techniques are developed. 

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