3 July 2023

Odd jobs: digging for truffles takes five dogs and a lot of treats

| James Coleman
truffle hunting

Gill Cummins and Pepper hunting for truffles at Blue Frog Truffle Farm. Photo: James Coleman.

It’s truffle season in Canberra, which means people are heading out to farms in their area to try their hand at finding their own.

But they’ll need help, and that’s where Gill Cummins and her five dogs Pepper, Solly, Bailey, Henry and Ruby come in.

The previous real estate agent and gardener is now a contractor with EAT (Eastern Australian Tablelands) Truffle Cooperative and spends every year between June and August scouting various truffle farms in the region for the strongly scented, edible fungal delicacies.

We went out to meet her on the job at Blue Frog Truffles near Sutton, and find out how the magic happens …

Blue Frog Truffles runs truffle hunts every Sunday during the season from 10 am to 12 pm, when visitors can watch Gill and the dogs at work before trying some truffle recipes. It costs $100 for an adult and $50 for children aged 5 to 15.

Original Article published by James Coleman on Riotact.

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