Most of the time, simple knowledge of which plants are symbiotic with truffles or in which areas (often near the surface in places with little vegetation) they occur, is not enough to achieve real success in collecting truffles. It is necessary to know the land and be able to avoid the dangers it brings. Here are some examples of dangers:
- Thorns and stinging plants
- Spiders and insects
- Waste and dangerous objects
In addition, it is an advantage to carry maps and a GPS device with you at all times to avoid loss of orientation. There is another even more underestimated danger: poisoned bait. Some truffle collectors wage wars against each other in which they aim at the dogs of the opponents.
In order for truffles to grow, the soil must have some chemical properties and a high degree of humidity. If one is ready to face the dangers of nature, then one must pay attention to the following when choosing the search location:
- An alkaline pH-level.
- Calcareous soil
- Which is well ventilated
- Without stagnation
Of course, these rules do not apply to all types of truffles, but these simple tips can help you understand where best to start with your search.