Western Australia's emerging truffle industry has grown rapidly over the past five years, trebling production to become the second-largest producer of the black truffle behind Europe.
The epicentre of the state's truffle industry lies on the outskirts of the old timber milling town of Manjimup, 300km south of Perth.
The farm gate value of the industry has trebled since 2011 to $8.5 million after dozens of producers jumped on board.
The Truffle and Wine Co was one of the first producers to enter the market in the late 1990s, and is now the nation's largest producer and expects to dig up more than half of the nation's entire truffle harvest this season.
Sales manager Alex Wilson said that would equate to a record truffle harvest of about five tonnes.
"Twenty years ago, there wasn't a tree here, there wasn't an industry in Australia and look at where we are now, look where we will be in 10 years," Mr Wilson said.
Western Australia produces the French Périgord black truffle because it is suited to the climate of the southern forests.
Mr Wilson said despite huge production increases of black truffles in recent years, demand is still outstripping supply, which kept prices for the prized black gold stable at between $2,000 and $3,000 a kilogram.
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