How to Grow Truffles in the United States

Learning how to grow truffles isn’t as difficult as you might think, but it sure does take a lot of patience — and a good dog.

| May/June 2014

  • For the right homesteader, black truffles may just be the perfect business opportunity.
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  • A man finds a wild truffle.
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  • A truffle dog, proud of his score.
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  • Inoculated oak trees on the Martins’ Virginia truffiere.
    Photo by Pat Martin
  • Black Burgundy truffles are now being produced in North and South Carolina, Virginia and Tennessee.
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  • A little goes a long way when it comes to truffles. Only the thinnest of slices is required to make any dish spectacular.
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  • In the truffle world, the white truffles variety is king, commanding the highest price per ounce of any food in the world.
    Photo by iStockphoto/anzeletti
  • Black truffles pack a rich, flavorful punch and are in high demand.
    Photo by iStockphoto/anzeletti

A little while back, I attended a tea outing with several appetizing morsels to tempt the taste buds. Everything was beautifully arranged and looked delightful, but when my eyes landed on a plate of what looked like a simple chocolate candy, I couldn’t resist taking a bite — one cautious bite that in mere moments had me positively beaming with joy.

“Oh,” Margaret said as she watched me enjoy the treat, “those are truffles.”

“These are truffles? No wonder Albion liked them,” I said, trying to decide if I dare finish it.

“Who’s Albion?” she asked.

“Albion, Albion, lived in a sty. Dined upon truffles and black bottom pie,” I quoted from one of my favorite children’s books, Albion Pig.

“Well, if Albion is a pig,” replied this recent college graduate with a degree in biology, “his truffles are probably of the mushroom variety.”
5/15/2018 10:40:02 PM

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12/15/2015 3:05:48 PM

after reading your article. I noticed that most of the truffle environments are set up outdoors. Can truffles be grown as other species of mushrooms?

11/11/2015 5:42:23 PM

You have put together a pretty good description about truffles but there is a lot more to them. For instance, this blog explains a lot about truffles features and how they are used. Plus, there is a very distinct group of truffle lovers out there that take their truffles seriously. I do know that they are growing truffles in Oregon but I have yet to try them. For now , I am sticking with Italian truffles. Ciao!

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