Black truffles have been cultivated in Ireland in recent weeks, in what is believed to be the first time they have been successfully grown and cultivated here.
The growing and cultivation of these rare truffles are part of an experimental project which has been under way in Ireland for nearly ten years.
One of those involved is Gerry Carew, who has planted 1,000 native oak trees with the truffle fungi growing on the root system.
Truffles can take up to ten years to mature for their first harvest, and will regrow on the same root system in the following years.
While Mr Carew will have to wait another year or two for his first harvest, he said he is very hopeful that the experiment will be a success.
"My colleague farmers involved in the project have harvested a number of black truffles in the last few days, and that shows that they are growing".
He said it cost him in the region of €35,000 to establish his truffle plantation, but is very hopeful of a financial return.