View Full Version : Truffles - Anyone know anything about them? I think I found some?

June 15th, 2010, 04:53 PM
I'm not sure, but I think my son dug up a big truffle yesterday in our back yard.

We're in NE Washington state
It was under ground next to some pine tree root
Was about the size of a medium size orange
brown/tan in color
inside looks like someone layered it back and forth many times
when split in half it seemed to steam a little bit, but it was cool to the touch

Can anyone tell me what this might be?

Do you know of any good truffle or underground mushroom ID websites?

One reason I think it is a truffle besides appearance is my dogs are always digging back there. I couldn't figure out why, but they will go back there and just dig and dig for a couple of days and then just leave it alone.

I thought maybe they were after ground squerrels, or moles, but I have never found any holes or tunnels in our back yard, just dead ends where my dogs dug and then stopped.


June 15th, 2010, 05:07 PM
Does it look like this?



June 15th, 2010, 09:39 PM
Does it look like this?



None on that page that looks like it. They look a lot like this one:

But are a little looser inside... maybe because of time of year?

The smell is sort of sweet like honey and yet like a forest dirt smell too.

We thought well lets go see if there are more at the base of the tree the root came from and what do you know we found another one! It looks as though this one is starting to rot though, it was a bit slimy on one side and the smell was like fish fertilizer or something... yuck! Cut it open and it looks very much the same only a tad darker.

Still not 100% sure it's a truffle, but hope to find out. My camera is at camp with my daughter so when she returns I'll try to find another and get pictures to post.

Are there any imposters that look really close to truffles, but are not?

Thank you :)

June 16th, 2010, 08:30 AM
I found some in SW Ohio last fall. I believe what you have are culinary. What i had were not but still edible as no truffle is poisonous.

Get a hold of Dr. J. Trappe, Oregon State University, Dept of Forest Science, Corvallis, OR. he's the truffle expert for the USA

June 22nd, 2010, 09:38 AM
Thank you very much

June 22nd, 2010, 09:42 AM
there are some interesting mushrooms that start out as underground balls of goodness b4 bursting open and sending up a fruiting body... I've collected them and consumed them...
I always thought truffles were European....

Just checked your link:
what do know... learn something all the time...

Eccentric Follies
June 22nd, 2010, 10:17 AM
That steam may have been the release of spores. i have heard that truffles do grow here in the states. Good luck getting them id'd!

June 23rd, 2010, 07:19 AM
Truffles most certainly do as they have been found on my farm in Ohio and I have been assured by two experts that there are several areas in the USA where high quality culinary truffles grow.