Kermes Oak » Black truffle
Young truffle plant of Kermes Oak (Quercus coccifera) mycorhized with tuber melanosporum. Kermes Oak intended for the production of black truffles. Truffle oak plant aged from 1 to 3 years, produced in France with certified quality under INRAE control.
Are you tempted by the exciting adventure of the black truffle? Do you want to start producing this famous "Black Diamond" with its inimitable flavor? Are you looking for plants likely to produce this Tuber Melanosporum, the jewel of gastronomic meals? Because of its remarkable truffle-growing abilities, the kermes oak could be the ideal truffle plant for your truffle orchard!
A kermes oak producing black truffles
This Kermes oak truffle plant is obtained after controlled and certified mycorrhization of a Kermes oak tree (Quercus coccifera) with Black truffle spores (Tuber melanosporum). The tree obtained is ready to be planted in your truffle field. It will produce its first truffles within 6 to 7 years.
In order to meet your expectations, our Kermes oak truffle plants, mycorhized with the black truffle, are available in 4 sizes of cups:
- in anti-chignon® R430 cup of 0.43 liters
- in anti-chignon® R600 cup of 0.6 liters
- in anti-chignon® R1.5L cup of 1.5 liters
- in R3L container (volume of 3 liters)
Truffle-farming abilities of the kermes oak
Sometimes also called "scrub oak", the kermes oak (Quercus coccifera) is small. It is particularly adapted to drought, wind and sea spray, which explains why it is often found in the scrublands and maquis of the Mediterranean region, in calcareous, dry, rocky and sunny soil. Less hardy than the evergreen oak, the kermes oak does not grow at high altitudes (it does not tolerate the cold beyond -12° C). It is a robust shrub, with a very slow growth rate. It has a very dense root system which predisposes it to truffle cultivation as long as it is planted on well-drained limestone soil, without stagnant humidity. All these characteristics make the kermes oak an excellent host for tuber melanosporum.
About the Black truffle (Tuber melanosporum)
A true "black diamond", Tuber melanosporum is as rare as it is sought after. It can be recognized by its rounded shape, sometimes bumpy, and its black flesh marbled with white. This truffle gives off an intense perfume and reveals fine aromas that make it an exceptional mushroom. Emblematic of French gastronomy, the black truffle can be eaten cooked or raw, as a seasoning or as an accompaniment to a dish. Black truffles are harvested from November to early March. Depending on the age of the plant and the land chosen, you will have to wait between 6 and 8 years to harvest your first black truffles.
The Robin oaks truffle plants
Our truffle oaks plants are produced in our laboratories under the control and license of INRAE. These plants are then pampered for many months in our nurseries. Quality plants, carefully selected, it is the guarantee to obtain a good yield after only a few years.
The plants raised in ROBIN ANTI-CHIGNON® buckets are subject to a guarantee of recovery in the event of failure to recover more than 20% of the plants delivered. Under this guarantee, the seller undertakes to replace free of charge the defective plants during the season following the actual observation by the seller of the defective delivered plants.
- Host species
- Seedling host
- Kermes oak (Quercus coccifera)
- Black truffle
- Cold hardiness
- Down to -10°C
- Drought tolerance
- Soil type
- Soil nutritivity
- Poor to moderately rich
- Preferred exposure
- In full sun
- Max. altitude
- Up to 600 m
- Growth speed
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