Chinese truffles have been so popular in the last decade that natural reserves are now seriously threatened. The light on the horizon is a research farm that has successfully cultivated these precious fungi. Yunnan province has produced its first batch of cultivated black truffles, and experts say they hope the fungi will be available on the commercial market a few years later. Researchers at the Kunming Institute of Botany under the auspices of the Chinese Academy of Sciences have worked on the plantation since 2001, and their efforts finally paid off late last year when they harvested their first truffles…Full-text article: China Daily Apr 2013

Key point

  • Truffle production in China is centered in the slightly alkaline soils of Sichuan and Yunnan provinces. Within China, harvesting typically occurs during the winter months (November-February)

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