A Triumph of Truffles
Mycorrhiza Biotech (MBT) is excited to announce our first truffle harvest. Our truffle-mycorrhized loblolly pines, planted by a client in July of 2014, are producing the delicious Bianchetto truffle – Tuber borchii. A wonderfully fragrant white truffle, Bianchetto truffles are perfect for finishing sauces or enhancing the flavor of any entrée. Current market prices are about $35 per ounce. Although this momentous milestone was a decade in the making we never doubted it would come. We relentlessly pursued our vision while carefully designing our scientific protocols over the past 10 years to ensure our operation would be the gold standard for truffle cultivation in the United States. Initially, it seemed like a simple concept since truffles grow on the roots of trees.
We can confirm with scientific certainty, the truffles we are currently harvesting are authentic Bianchetto truffles. MBT works with all of our clients to laboriously document and adjust our farming techniques to make sure our trees produce truffles and our clients receive a substantial return on their investment as quickly as possible. The successful combination of hard work, rigorous science, and solid agricultural practices has resulted in the bountiful harvest of a prized culinary delight. For more information – download our white paper – Successful Truffle Cultivation Runs on Science.
Mycorrhiza Biotech has toiled with laser focus on our mission and as we reap the harvest we know we could not have done it alone. Were it not for our partnership with NC A&T State University, especially the Mushroom Biology and Fungal Biotechnology Laboratory, led by Dr. Omon. Isikhuemhen, and the North Carolina Biotechnology Center with the support of its Piedmont Triad office, we would have closed our doors years ago. Indeed, it was two state grants we received from the NC Biotech Center to research loblolly pine and pecan truffles with NC A&T that laid the groundwork for our recent breakthrough harvest.
These successful partnerships complemented our work and now MBT is the only company producing truffles on loblolly pine in North America. Finally, we would not be successful without our clients who saw the potential, shared our vision, devoted their resources, and literally put the “plow to the ground” to make the orchards prosper. We look forward to weekly harvests for the remainder of the truffle season and for our other clients to have their orchards yield a bounty of exquisite truffles soon. Watch our website www.mycorrhizabiotech.com for news and upcoming events.