Truffle hunting in the U.S.A. just like in Italy!
Above: Summer truffles foraged in Umbria, not far from the Mazzoni winery in Tuscany.
The U.S. truffle foraging season doesn’t begin until the fall but it’s never too early to begin planning your trip to truffle country!
It was once believed that truffles — a Tuber (not a mushroom) – were found only in Europe.
But today, there are a number of truffle “farms” scattered across the U.S. and in some areas, the naturally occurring truffles are so abundant that the culinarily adventurous can book “private truffle forays.”
The most popular destination is Oregon, where truffle hunting begins in late November and lasts throughout the spring.
The spring and the summer are the seasons for black truffle hunting in central Italy, where Mazzoni wines are made.
August is generally the last month when hunters head to the wood with specially trained truffle hunting dogs.
In another era, pigs were used. Female pigs are attracted to the scent of truffles but they would often eat their bounty once they found it!
Dogs, on the other hand, can be trained to find the truffles and not eat them.
So if you want to hunt for truffles just like an Italian, simply Google “truffle foray” or “truffle hunting America” and you’ll find a wide array of truffle hunting packages.
And in case you just want to eat truffles (and not hunt for them), be sure not to miss the Oregon Truffle Festival in January.