There are a few big fir trees around my family’s house in Olympia, Washington, and on a couple of occasions my mother has found truffles near the firs’ root systems. For clarity, she had one tested and they are indeed Oregon White Truffles. Just this weekend she found another trove of them:
Except for the big one shaped like a nose, these are fairly small truffles. But as I mentioned earlier this month, my mother is hoping to train the handsome pup pictured at right to sniff out truffles in the forest floor. Maybe they’ll find some really big ones! Truffles are extremely expensive and highly prized, and they are virtually impossible to cultivate. I don’t think I’ve ever even had truffles myself, just some truffle-infused olive oil. I can’t wait to try them the next time I’m back in the Pacific Northwest during truffle season, assuming we can find some.
As far as I know, truffles do not exist out here in the Mid-Atlantic region. But there are other wild fungi in the area. Morels, of course, have already made appearances on this blog, and I’ve heard there are chanterelles in these parts. If I’m not too busy next month, I’d like to attend a meeting of the Mycological Association of Washington and learn more about mushroom foraging. They apparently lead forays to mushroom hotspots in the region and teach beginners how to distinguish the good fungi from the ones that will kill you. Rather useful, that knowledge.