Germinating acorn - MushrushZATruffle tree soil prep - Mushrush ZAIn 2014, Mushrush identified and confirmed the find of the first black truffle ever, in Dullstroom, South Africa. Since then harvesting sites include Western Cape, Underberg and Kokstad, to name a few. An early finding in June 2016, in Kokstad, is very exciting as from Australian experience, truffles are only found from July. This finding was from a 5 year-old plantation and confirms that with good truffle plantation management we can expect truffles from 5-8 years. Black Truffles (Tuber melanosporum) in South Africa has moved to a completely new level. A 600gm find in 2014 (Dullstroom) increased to over 6kg in 2016.

Truffle tree production is well underway this September/October. We’re focused on soil prep and acorn germination.Cf the Captain Coal’s training is coming along very nicely with scent training happening weekly. MR TRUFFLE RUSTLEHe is an Airedale cross, so we reckon he’ll be brilliant at the job, and trust that he’ll point the truffles out before any pigs can get to them.

The trees that produced the first truffle were from a pioneer company, Truffles of Africa, involving Donna Hornby  in partnership with an Australian truffle farmer. Neil van Rij was involved with Truffles of Africa (the pioneer company) virtually from the beginning, certifying the trees every year.

This is indeed a KZN (KwaZulu Natal – South Africa) success, with Neil van Rij being the first fungal expert in SA to be involved in certifying truffle trees and in identifying the first truffle found in South Africa.

Since 2011 Mushrush has been producing and managing truffle trees and truffle plantations.

Suitable areas for farming or growing black truffles in South Africa include: Western Cape, KZN Natal Midlands – Underberg, Nottingham Road, Dullstroom/ Machadadorp and Clarens area.

Generally climatic requirements for truffle cultivation in South Africa would be; cold in June and July, rainfall above 600 mm and well drained soils.

Where to buy black truffle trees South Africa? – Mushrush are a leading truffle tree nursery and the first truffle to be found in South Africa were from trees certified by Neil van Rij (Pri. Sci. Nat). – mushroom expert.

We encourage investors and entrepreneurs interested in growing black truffles in South Africa  to contact us at

We have completed inoculation for season 2015 trees. Orders for 2016 season can be placed now.

Mushrush growing model is to supply quality certified truffle trees to truffle tree growers/farmers and the smallholder, along with consulting support.

Our unique and leading advantage is Mushrush does not require any contractual obligations with growers.

Truffle Tree Growing – An industry in the making.

This introduction covers; costs and returns, suitable areas, some plantation design issues as well as the services Mushrush® offers truffle farmers.

A key aspect of successful truffle production is good quality trees. In terms of tree quality, we use DNA tested inoculum to ensure that the farmer is getting trees inoculated with the French black truffle or Tuber melanosporum. Our trees are also certified annually as mycorrhized with Tuber melanosporum (the black truffle) by an independent mycologist. This means that a fungi expert comes and checks the trees to ensure that the truffle spores have germinated and formed a relationship with the tree’s roots. We are therefore confident that you are getting a quality truffle tree.

Mushrush - Truffle trees in the making (South Africa). 2014 acorns germinating.

Mushrush – Truffle trees in the making (South Africa). 2014 acorns germinating.


Our plantation management information is derived from two top level truffle producing farmers who work in association with truffle scientists in their countries. We use the current knowledge emerging from France and Tasmania (Australia) where truffle production is proven and top yields given with these methods. However, we are also working closely with South African soil scientists, who are adapting Australian and French soil nutrient requirements for our local conditions, and local mycologists and plant pathologists to test fungus purity and mycelium development.

In terms of market, the South African market for truffles grows every month and is currently met through imports. Restaurant owners and up-market food outlets (including Woolworths) are all watching our truffle industry growth with interest. In the meanwhile, Mushrush® also have a guarantee from a French truffle dealer that he will buy any truffle produced in South Africa as long as it is below the retail price of truffles in France.

Included in the truffle tree price is 6 months support once trees have been collected. Mycorrhization checks and further support are available and are charged at an hourly rate.




TRUFFLES — 119 Comments

  1. Hi… could i please have the truffle growing info sent to my email address. i’m in Zimbabwe. Also attach the prices for the trees as well please. thank you

  2. hi i am in zimbabwe and i am very interested in truffle farming please send me an info pack and prices please

  3. Afternoon
    I live in Botswana, would I be able to grow the truffles here, have a plot on the banks of the Olliphants river. In this area there is decent rainfall.

  4. Hi Good afternoon
    I would like to get Truffles farming training if u provide.
    Please send me details


  5. Hi there,

    Can you please send me an information pack as well. I am interested in growing them in the Western Cape. Thanks.

  6. Good day.

    I’m looking for a information pack on truffles?

    Can you please help me?
    Situated in the Amsterdam area, Mpumalanga


  7. I am in the highlands of Lesotho and I believe the weather will be good for Truffle. May I have information on how to plant them and how to get the trees?

    And anyone who is interested in joing can do so.

  8. Hi we have recently brought a small holding with truffles already on it, they have been growing 2 years but neglected any info on them would be much appreciated. Thanks Luke

  9. Good day,

    Where can I purchase truffels? I cant seem to find them in any stores. Do you sell truffels to the public or just export. I live in Pretoria.

  10. Hi, I am interested in looking at the option of farming with truffle trees and product in the Harrismith district.

    Information on this would be most welcome.

  11. Good evening, to whom it may concern. We are planning to start a truffle farm in the Bronkhorstspruit area in Witbank’s direction. We are aiming to plant approx 10 hectares but would need some more information regarding climatic and other natural conditions for best production.

    Could you please send me an info pack?


  12. Hi
    Could you please supply me with you price list .
    Is the Richmond area in Natal a good spot to plant Truffle trees?
    Thanks regards,

  13. Hi, I live in Pretoria area, can I also have a price list and details on the inoculated truffle trees? More information would be kind too.

    Regards Taryn

  14. Good Morning, we will be moving to Rosetta in the KZN Midlands. I am sure Truffels will do well there. Kindly send me the information pack.

  15. hi i am in zimbabwe is it going to be possible for me to venture in to truffle farming i am staying in nyanga i think the weather and soil are suitable please send me an info pack and prices please

  16. Good day,

    Could you please send me an info pack on growing truffles, as well as prices. We live between Joburg and Standerton.

    I am also interested in mushroom growing, what kind of yield do you get from the starter pack. What I would like to find out is what’s the estimated profit one can expect when starting small scale.

    Kind regards,
    Tanya Brits

  17. Good day,

    We live in the Highveld, Balfour area and are interested in growing truffles. Could you please send me the info pack as well as prices.

    Kind regards,

  18. Hi there,

    I am interested in growing truffles, please can you mail me your cost for introduction to truffle farming. I am looking for about 10 trees.

  19. Good day , the truffle farming looks interesting could you please forward me catalogues and prices for trees . I live on a river in east Pretoria , much appreciated , Christian

  20. Hi would like to know if the trees will grow on the Highveld. would you pleas send me the info pack aswell.


  21. Hi Neil
    I visited your Fam trout farm at Renosterhoek. I am just about 20 km from them in the Schagen area. I am very interested in possibly growing truffels. I am also starting to set up a small gourmet mushroom farm, starting with Shitake mushrooms. I did some training with Adriaan from gourmet mushroom acadamy in Stellenbosch. Do you think truffels would be possible? Can you also help me with some mushroom stuff?




  23. Hi,
    Please forward info pack and price of plants. Wish to experiment – plant trees on farm in the Memel district. Existing oak trees on farm. Thanks.

  24. Hi
    I’m interested in growing truffles in the Newcastle area in KZN.
    Would it be suitable where can I find out more information.

  25. Hi guys,
    Please could you send me info re start up for truffle growing in Byrne Valley kzn
    Would it be possible to grow them in Barberton Swaziland area too?
    Also, would the black diamonds grow in the wild olive tree as they are quite plentiful in the area

  26. We have a small holding at the base of Lady Slipper Mountain, just outside Port Elizabeth, on the way to Jeffrey’s Bay. We would greatly appreciate your suggestions on this areas potential viability for the growth of the Truffle trees and the possibility of a small commercial operation?
    Your info pack will be greatly appreciated!
    Kind regards

  27. I am very interested in truffle growing and will appreciate more information on the subject and therefore request whether you can send me the mentioned info pack on this?

    Kind regards
    Leon Brits

  28. hi was wondering when the cut off date is for ordering the truffel inoculated tree’s. will it still be active end of november early december? kind regards don

  29. I would like info on growing of truffles on 6Ha of land in the mountains above Wilderness near George. Our winters are between 5*C – 9*C, and summers between 18*C – 25*C, with regular rainfall and ample water for further irrigation. My land has a gentle northern slope, and Oaks and Macadamias grow well here. Can truffles be inoculated onto Macadamias?
    Regards, K

  30. I would alos like to look at growing trees in kZN. Could you send to me an infopack please where and under what conditions these trees grow?

  31. Hi,
    Given our cold winters I’m sure that I can plant truffles in Bloemfontein, am I correct? Will you pls send me the “introduction to Truffle tree farming” as well.
    Kind regards

  32. Could you please forward the introduction info please to me. Interested in starting a plantation (Western Cape).

  33. Hi can you tell me what the start-up costs and requirements are for growing truffles? What financial return does one get and from what year can you start harvesting.

    • Hi, the basic climatic requirements are cold winters with well drained alkaline soil (between pH of 7.9 to 8.2). Start up costs involve amount of lime needed, the number of trees per hectare, irrigation, fencing etc. international experience is from 7-10 years to harvest.

  34. I am interested in farming with truffles in north west KZN. Can you forward me your introduction info please.


  36. I am interested to get a few trees planted on our family farm in Caledon. I would like t start with about 20 trees. I have no idea of startup costs. Please help

  37. Can Truffles be produced in Gauteng (between Pretoria and Bapsfontein)? Do you have more information available for me to investigate the possibilities to grow Truffles in Gauteng? Thanks

    • Hi, yes, it is possible to grow truffles in Gauteng. You need well drained soil and mean minimum temperatures not exceeding 10 degrees Celcius in June and July. Supplementary irrigation is also needed. For further information please contact

      Thank you

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