What started off as an experiment, has now become a full-fledged enterprise on the grounds of the royal Sandringham Estate. Back in 2006, Prince Philip, an ‘ardent horticulturist’, planted 300 oak saplings impregnated with truffle spores. Now, 12 years later, the prince’s dream is realized.
Adrian Cole of Truffle U.K., the company which sold the oak saplings to the royal family for the Norfolk estate plantings, says that the majority of truffles at Sandringham are the black variety: “They have been highly successful. The majority have been the French Perigord black truffle, as good as you get.”
He continues: “Truffles are no small potatoes. The going price of black truffles, which arrive at market between late autumn and mid-February, is between $175 – $225 per 100 gr.”