First Cultivated French Black Truffle Found in Oregon’s Willamette Valley

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On February 28th2013, the famous black truffle of Southern Europe (aka Perigord truffle orTuber melanosporum), universally regarded as the ultimate luxury food, was harvested near Corvallis, Oregon in an orchard of inoculated hazelnut trees.

With retail prices reaching $1500/lb., Perigord truffles can be a very lucrative crop. Considering their remarkable value, the orchard owner understandably chooses to remain anonymous until security arrangements are made around the site in anticipation of higher yields in the future.Cultivation of Perigord truffles is well established in Southern Europe where the species originated, but remains a new and promising industry for American farmers.
The first truffle was harvested on Thursday February 28th, 2013 by Kris Jacobson and her Belgian Malinois, Ilsa of Umami Truffle Dogs in Veneta, Oregon.This initial success comes despite naysayers claiming that Western Oregon is too wet for cultivation of Perigord truffles.
Published by Stephanie To
07/15/13