For world renowned truffle expert Professor Jim Trappe, being on a truffle hunt in the Barrington Tops was a bit like being “a kid in a candy store”.
Professor Trappe came from the United States to lead a group of around 30 people on a three-day truffle expedition based at Wangat Lodge late last month.
The event attracted people from across New South Wales and Queensland as well as many Dungog residents.
He has been looking at truffles for more than 50 years and has been to Australia a number of occasions.
Still, in the three days of collecting he believes the group recorded at least a dozen Australian native truffles he has never seen - and likely some which are new to science.
The Barrington Tops has a great wildlife diversity of Truffle eating marsupials - thus is a rich area for truffles.
Professor Trappe estimates there is a greater diversity in Australian Truffles than in any other continent, with probably more than 2000 species, with only about 100 described in science.
The Professor was described by attendees as being “a wonderful humanitarian, humble, humurous and inspiring to all ages”.