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Truffles are difficult to find and very expensive as a result! In 1994, black truffles sold for $350 to $500 a pound. In the United States, edible truffles are collected in the forests of Oregon and Washington. In Europe, most truffles are collected in France and Italy
Truffle hunters in Italy and France use pigs and mixed-breed dogs to sniff out truffles. Dogs are preferred to pigs because pigs love to eat truffles.
In Italy, truffle dogs are trained in several steps. First, the dog is taught to retrieve a rubber ball. Next, a small bit of smelly Gorgonzola cheese is substituted for the rubber ball. After the dog has learned to retrieve the cheese, the cheese is hidden, forcing the dog to sniff it out for a reward of food. Finally, a small truffle is
substituted for the cheese. The dog is trained to fetch, then dig up the truffle.
The right trees must be present. Truffles are formed by fungi that are partners (ectomycorrhizal) with certain
trees. You will not find truffles under maples, for instance, because maples do not form ectomycorrhizae.
A good eye is required as many truffles are small and colored red, brown, white, or even black.
Hunting truffles is like hunting buried treasure. Good luck!
Please try to manintain the camo.
Congrat n9tog FTF
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