We visited a Pseudotsuga menziesii forest, Douglas fir, the natural ecosystem for the Oregon truffles, specially in the North West Pacific.
Here they harvest at least three species:
– Tuber oregonense, the one in the picture below, the white winter truffle, with a retail price of 58US$/100grams.
– Tuber gibbosum, white spring truffle .
– Leucangium carthusianum, the black Oregon truffle (picture above), fruits in winter ans it’s rare and more scarce than the white ones. Retail price 66US$/100gr.
These truffles have a great aroma when ripe, sometimes better than the european ones.
The problem comes with tradicional harvest, racking, digging up mature and not ripe truffles. This is why one of the aims of the Oregon truffle Festival is to create a dog harvest culture, through their dog truffle trainning programs.
Now some of the oregon truffle harvesters hunt their truffles with dogs taking just the best truffles, this is often searching every 5-6 days in each spot, and so selling those at the best price.
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