Truffles

These wonderful, underground, fruiting mushrooms are a delicacy everywhere; they are considered the diamond of the kitchen, and are found by using pigs or, more commonly, dogs.

White truffles are found in Northern Italy and parts of Croatia.  The mushrooms grow symbiotically with oak, hazel, poplar and beech trees and fruit in the autumn.  The flesh is pale cream or brown with white marbling.  White truffles can be sold anywhere from $1,000 to $2,200 per pound.

Black truffles are found in the Piedmont region of France and grow with oak and hazelnut trees.  Their flavor is slightly stronger than that of the white truffles and is not as delicate.

The Pacific North West is also a very popular place to harvest different but still edible truffles. Oregon is known for their famous “Oregon White Truffle”.  The act of finding truffles takes a well trained animal, patience, and the ability to keep your finds a secret.  Since truffles are highly regarded in the culinary world, no one gives up their hunting grounds.

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