The fynbos truffel
We are excited to say we have been spending time on the prospects of growing a Cape fynbos truffle. Truffle growing traditionally occurs in the Northern hemisphere, however there are a few exceptions with one of these being our very own local Kalahari species. What we are looking to match is a mycorrhizal fungi, the Kalahari truffle in a symbiotic relationship with a fynbos species of plant. With such a diverse fynbos selection that naturally host thousands of symbiotic relationships we believe these plants offers so much potential. If with this development we can find a way of growing truffles within the likes of Erica, Restio and Proteas species.......can you imagine the potential. Some of our challenges involve ph balancing and inoculation with strains of truffles that can thrive in higher temperatures this in achieving faster growth, and better yields. Why grow hundreds of exotic oaks, taking years to establish if there is the potential of developing cultivars in our own floral kingdom with a unique worldwide brand. Just imaging an earthy erica or spicy leucospermum truffle growing hand in hand in rows of cut flower cultivated farms, double gold with export flowers and export truffles.
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