Wisconsin Truffles Feb 25, 2012 3:13:20 GMT -6
Post by james81 on Feb 25, 2012 3:13:20 GMT -6
Wisconsin White Truffles / Tuber Gibbosum
A few years ago, in the spring time of the year, I was digging at the base of a silver maple tree when I unearthed what I thought was a very unusual white rock. However after picking it up, breaking it in half and smelling it I discovered it was really a mushroom! Truffles came to my mind almost instantly and I ran inside to do some research. Truffles in Wisconsin? Could it be true??
“We have found truffles (genus Tuber) and false truffles (genus Elaphomyces) in Wisconsin on several Wisconsin Mycological Society forays.”
From the photos I seen and articles I read I was positive that’s what I had. I tried calling the local mushroom farm to see if they would purchase them. As I had found a little over 2 pounds, a few of them being slightly larger than a golf ball, but the mushroom farm would not take them because of the fact they were not heard of, or at least not like other mushrooms. They directed me to email some of the mycologists in Wisconsin to make sure that’s what I had. After sending my story off to a few of them, I received some replies, and they all seemed to agree that they very well could be truffles, but that a positive ID couldn’t be made without them being able to have more information/access to them. The main person of contact was Britt Bunyard of www.fungimag.com which to this day I still subscribe! Britt let me know that Midwestern truffles aren’t really known to be of quality in general, which was a letdown as I thought maybe I had some white gold. Britt suggested that I could try them myself if I felt brave. I was certain I had the real deal, so I did try them, grated over my steaks, a very outstanding taste I thought even if they were premature. I haven’t tried digging in that spot since then, as I’ve read it takes years for the fungi to develop, and I fear I may have over-harvested when I came across them the first time.
Being a little over 3 years since I first found them, I’m going to make the second dig this June to look and see what I can find. I’m keeping my fingers crossed and will share my findings here first with all of you. Photos and information only, the fruits are mine!!! LoL ;D
Associated Tree: Silver Maple
Found: At tree base in the ground around the roots
Depth: Between 12 and 16 inches
So out of curiosity has anyone else come across these Wisconsin truffles besides me?