Terra Fleurs Truffle Hunt
Truffles mushrooms are found underground, existing in a symbiotic association with fir trees. Truffles grow in the winter and the season extends from December through May. Because they can’t be seen in the dirt they are hard to find without using a dog to sniff them out. Truffles hunters without dogs use rakes to find truffles, which if not done properly can cause a lot of damage. The use of dogs to unearth the truffles is environmentally sound and sustainable.
Experience the opportunity and the thrill of finding culinary treasure in our local forests. Terra Fleurs offers guided truffle hunts (also called “forays”) for individuals or groups up to four people joined by James Nowak and Augie, his trained truffle hound — for groups of two or more, you’ll need to provide your own transportation. Forays go for 1 to 2 hours not including travel time.
We forage for mainly for these three truffle varieties and the best part is that you keep all the truffles we gather.
- The black truffle (Lucangium carthusianum) with sweet fruity pineapple high notes and a chocolate finish
- The Oregon white truffle (Tuber oregenense, photo below) has a robust savory aroma reminiscent of garlic and cheese
- The spring truffle (Tuber gibbosum) is very similar to the Oregon white