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Blue Mountains Tourist : Winter 2011
There's 'black gold' in the hills! Oberon has some interesting pursuits to attract tourists and one of the most unusual is hunting for 'black gold' -- Black Perigord truffles. Visitors to Lowes Mount Truffiere can join Sue and Col Roberts and their truffle dogs, Morris and Sully, during the hunting season, which is in June, July and August. The Roberts not only grow truffles for market, they also make and sell truffle products, such as oil and preserves. Truffles are edible fungi that grow around the roots of certain trees. They come in several varieties and grades and the most expensive are worth thousands of dollars a kilo. In the past, they were usually hunted with pigs, but once excited by the aroma, a big pig can get out of hand and eat the truffle before the hunter can secure it! So now most hunters use dogs. Truffles have been prized by cooks for hundreds of years. What exactly can you do with them? Truffle is a flavour enhancer that brings a unique earthy flavour to good food and the aroma is an essential part of the experience. They are best grated over fresh hot vegetables, pasta, potato or rice dishes. Truffle scrambled eggs or omelettes are easy to prepare -- simply by leaving eggs with truffle in a sealed glass jar overnight. According to the Roberts, truffle is also great with ice cream! Truffle hunts at Lowes Mountain Truffiere are held every Saturday afternoon or by appointment during the season. During a truffle hunt you will learn about the truffle industry, see the truffle dogs in action, get to find, smell and taste fresh black truffle; and later you will be able to buy fresh and preserved truffle products. The experience lasts around 90 minutes to two hours and the cost is $60 per adult and $20 per child under 16. Hunts are limited to 12 people so bookings are essential. Lowes Mount Truffiere 927 Lowes Mount Road, Oberon NSW 2787 P: (02) 6336 3148 | www.lowesmounttruffles.com.au Welcome to Katoomba! The quirky home of traditional shopping, it's also the place where breathtaking natural scenery, history, the arts, and café culture merge, making it a fascinating place to explore at a leisurely pace---on foot. To get the most out of your visit to Katoomba, grab a "Katoomba's Heritage and Art Walk" map from one of the shops in Katoomba Street. It will help you appreciate the historic buildings, murals, festivals, "slow food" restaurants and picnic spots. It will tell you where to find a Tofu Burger, handmade Chocolates, Cherry Strudel, handmade Sushi, excellent Coffee from fresh-roasted beans, Sourdough Bread, Cardamon Cake, and steamed Dim Sims. The brochure/map is an initiative of Katoomba Chamber of Commerce and Community. Katoomba supports energy descent: • Minimal use of plastics and disposables in our businesses • Use of local products wherever possible, reducing food miles and packaging, paper or cloth bags for our shoppers • Development of car free tourism experiences. firstname.lastname@example.org www.bluemountainstouristnewspaper.com.au winter 2011 16