We Are Ilsar

For over a decade we are growing black winter truffles (Tuber melanosporum) in the rich basalt soil of the Golan Heights. The combination of ancient growing traditions and advanced technologies and knowledge makes our truffles unique and of a high quality.

The Kitchen’s Crown Jewel

Black winter truffle is considered to be the rarest and most luxurious of all black truffles.
The texture, the rich flavor and intoxicating aroma, gave it the title “The Kitchen’s Crown Jewel”.

Black winter truffle is characterized by one of nature’s most complex and rich aroma and flavor profile, including forest soil, nuts, cocoa, vanilla and coffee beans.

A short and exciting season

Throughout the entire year, we are preparing with excitement and expectation towards the short truffle season, which takes place between the months of December and March. During the cold winter time, when at their ripest, the truffles are located by trained sniffer dogs and are extracted from deep underground by our team of professional truffle hunters.  

Upon the return of the truffle hunters from the plots, the truffles go through a meticulous process of cleaning, grading and quality assurance. At the end of this process, the truffles are packed and delivered to their destinations as soon as possible, while they are at their freshest and most aromatic.

Mediterranean Truffles

Our truffles grow at 1,000 meters above sea level, surrounded by a volcanic scenery, virgin forests, vineyards and deciduous orchards.

The cool climate, high radiation level and mineral-rich basalt soil give the Ilsar’s truffle its deep and unique flavor.

Agriculture and High-Tech:
A Combination of Tradition and Innovation

The road to your plate begins years prior, in our plantation which is equipped with the world’s most advanced technologies in the field of truffle growing.

Our plantation and operational ground, are operated on solar energy, while completely protecting the environment. 

All we do in the nursery is to intervene in one moment on time, in which we bring together mature truffle spores and a clean naked root of a young oak tree. Through many experiments and progressive data analysis, we have cracked the complex method with which we provide our truffle with a relative advantage over other truffles competing over the tree’s heart.

From there on out we let nature take its course with minimal intervention and maximal control and supervision.

A Dream About
Israeli Truffle
that Came True

For centuries people have been hunting for truffles between tree roots in the forest. They used to do so using pigs, that were later replaced by trained dogs.
A slow and constant process of extinction of truffles in their natural environment led to a significant decline in its supply worldwide, while the demand for unique and exclusive raw materials keeps rising.
This trend, alongside the growing gap between supply and demand, gave rise to our dream, the people of Golan Heights to try and grow the French classic black winter truffle, at the cool high terrain of the Golan Heights.

Knowing that many have failed around the world, and despite the prolonged and complex bio-agricultural process, we set out to the first ever Mediterranean truffle endeavor, with great hope and faith. To our delight, the first truffle appeared in our orchard after only four years from plantation, exceeding our expectations with its quality. Ever since then, there are more than a 1,000 dunam of truffle plots throughout Golan Heights, most of which have started to bear fruit.