Let the season begin, black truffles are coming. That was June, now in July 2018 a truffle farmer near Wakkerstroom in Mpumalanga province has found black truffles. 

The price for 2018 season truffles is approximately R15 000/kg, so we have one very happy farmer.  As an alternative crop truffles are the only crop I have ever seen that will be able to sustain an income from an area as small as 1 hectare, 80kg/ha and R15000/kg = R1 200 000.  Obviously 5 hectares will be a sizable income.

First Wakkerstroom black truffles July 2018

Wakkerstroom black truffle find, July 2018 found by a clever puppy.