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Truffles in Ohio

by: Boulder Belt

Tue Nov 17, 2009 at 13:51:27 PM PST


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It seems truffles exist in Ohio. At least my husband found what look and smell like truffles. Not that I am a truffle afficianado or anything (I don't believe I have ever had the pleasure of eating a truffle, though I have had things infused with truffle oil)

he was digging the last of the potatoes and found at one end of two potato beds truffles were growing near a shag bark hickory.

more (with pictures) at http://boulderbelt.blogspot.co...

The big questions are are these really truffles and if so what should I do with them? Sell them for $300 each?

Who needs pigs or beagles when you have a spud fork and a bed of taters to dig?

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Truffles? (4.00 / 2)
Could they be tuber lyonii?

Name: Tuber lyonii
Group: Ascomycota, Tuberaceae
Season: Year-round
Habitat: With pecans and oaks
Spores: 30-37 x 22-24 ┬Ám, ellipsoid, with tall spines connected by low lines
Features: Peridium smooth with roughened furrows, reddish-orangish brown. Gleba white when immature, brown with white marbling when mature; odor "truffly."
Comments: It occurs from northeastern Mexico to Ontario from the Great Plains to the East Coast. The most popular native truffle in the eastern U.S., it is commercially harvested.

That website has some frame system that prevents me from grabbing any URL except for the main address. The site has a lot of info and photos. Most info is about the Pacific Northwest and the West Coast, but also points out truffles that are widespread in North America.

I would wave a handful in front of a sow and see how she reacts. Just for the heck of it. Don't know if her reaction would tell you anything.

Your husband clearly is minutely attentive in his work. Interesting find - the question seems to be, what could they possibly be except truffles? And then, of course, what species or variety.

Do we still have agricultural extension agents in this country? Do you intend pursuing this with the state Dept of Ag or look for expertise at a university?


research (4.00 / 3)
From co-oresponding with the truffle experts in the US I have found that I likely have truffles but that they are not the eating kind (but also not poisonous). I believe the experts are telling me this because ascomycetes truffles are not supposed to be in Ohio and they certainly should not be where i found them-a farm field with no pines or oaks in the immediate vacinity (though have both within 400meters).

next step is to dry some sample s and send them to these people so they can go on more than two pictures.

I guess Tuber lyonii has never been found in Ohio so if I have such I have a real rarity. Or perhaps climate change is turning SW Ohio into a truffle area.


research (4.00 / 1)
From co-oresponding with the truffle experts in the US I have found that I likely have truffles but that they are not the eating kind (but also not poisonous). I believe the experts are telling me this because ascomycetes truffles are not supposed to be in Ohio and they certainly should not be where i found them-a farm field with no pines or oaks in the immediate vacinity (though have both within 400meters).

next step is to dry some sample s and send them to these people so they can go on more than two pictures.

I guess Tuber lyonii has never been found in Ohio so if I have such I have a real rarity. Or perhaps climate change is turning SW Ohio into a truffle area.


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