Posts Tagged ‘truffle hunting’

Kalahari truffles (Kalaharituber pfeilii)

May 12, 2010

A report by Tim Truluck on a desert truffle hunting trip in the Kalahari region of South Africa. They are known as !N’abbas in the local Nama language and only appear once every four years or more when they push to the surface, triggered by late summer rains.

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A Bad Truffle Harvest in Oregon?

February 16, 2010

Laura McCandlish reports on a trip to the Oregon Truffle Festival and a depressing truffle harvest in Oregon which was apparently caused by a cold snap in December which damaged the truffles just as they were starting to ripen.

Truffle Hunting with Pigs in France

February 10, 2010

Chez Panisse trained David Lebovitz has posted a great article on a day spent truffle hunting with pigs in Cahors, France.

As David points out: “In the past, pigs were used almost exclusively to rout out the truffles. But in spite of how cute and picturesque the furry fellows are, for the most part, dogs have taken the place of the porkers. When a single truffle can set you back well over a few hundred bucks, even the most die-hard animal lover will agree that as much as we love our pets, very few people love them that much. As in, enough to sacrifice a few truffles for.

Truffles: Sniffing Out Those Fickle Fungi

February 6, 2010

An article from December 2009 on white truffle hunting in northern Italy from Canada’s National Post newspaper.

 

Simulated Truffle Hunting in Piedmont

February 1, 2010

The Australian magazine Gourmet Traveller ran an article last year on a simulated truffle hunting trip in Piedmont in Italy. Although, as they tend to do in the north of Italy, it is only a simulated where truffles are hidden beforehand, I especially liked the appearance of what seems to be the Eames House Bird by Charles & Ray Eames in the illustration by Antonia Pesenti.

More Truffles from Istria

January 31, 2010

I have also been pointed to another post on Istrian truffles (white truffles this time) on this Croatian travel site. The article also includes a receipe for truffles with a type of pasta called FUŽI which is apparently typical of the Istria region.

Une Passion Périgourdine (A Tale of Truffles)

January 25, 2010

There are some great photos of a truffle hunting trip and Perigourdian truffle fairs over at the DorpatSherrardLomont blog.

Hunting Truffles with Flies

January 17, 2010

Tom Fiorina has posted a nice article on his blog the Vine Route on  mouches à truffe or truffle hunting with flies. Put simply, the larvae of certain flies feed on truffles so by looking out for these flies you can get an idea of where ripe truffles might be found. Obviously it is not as simple as it sounds!

Truffle Dog Training Seminar

January 13, 2010

The Oregon Truffle Festival will be held in and around Eugene, Oregon from January 29-31, 2010,  celebrating Oregon truffles as they reach the peak of ripeness. Events include a two-day truffle dog training seminar where you can train your dog to recognize the scent of Perigord and Oregon truffles, and then engage in the authentic experience of hunting wild truffles untouched by human hands in their natural habitat.

See also the Northwest Food News article: Teach Your Dog a New Trick: Truffle Hunting

An Introduction to Truffles and Truffle Hunting

January 13, 2010

An quick introduction to truffle and truffle hunting.