Great Eastern White Truffles - TUES
Field Update: No truffles the week of 8/31- 9/6! They will be back next week! - August 24th
The truffles are taxonomically known as Tuber canaliculatum (otherwise known as the Great Eastern white truffle, the Appalachian truffle or the yellow furrowed truffle). These truffles foraged are from Maryland and West Virginia in the Appalachians, by Jeff Long and Barbara Davis-Long along with Este, their truffle-hunting dog.
Truffles come in 1/2 oz units, enough to shave on top of 4 servings of pasta.
Jeff, before identification by DNA sequencing, named the truffles “Lagotto” truffles for Este, as it was Este who, strictly by happenstance, discovered their presence in West Virginia. In James Trappe’s book, Field Guide to North American Truffles, the late James Beard himself declared these truffles “exquisite” because of their strong aroma but milder flavor and they are wonderful used raw shaved on dishes right before serving.
Did You Know? The Lagotto Romangolo dogs from Italy have been used throughout Europe for many years to hunt truffles. Their keen sense of smell and their natural love of truffles have proved them to be the crème de la crème for finding these prized fungi. Este comes from a family of truffle hunting dogs, so hunting truffles is really second nature to him. “Dog Harvested” is preferable to raked truffles as the latter causes all truffles to be unearthed, including those that are immature or unripe. Raking also disturbs the delicate truffle ecosystem present in the soil.