Morels, Truffles and other Spring Mushrooms
by Michael W. Beug Email:
The Evergreen State College, Olympia WA
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This species is either Tuber separans or Tuber levissimum, superbly edible true White Truffles that can only be distinguished when the spores are fully mature. Unfortunately for the mycophagist, the flavor is superb only when the truffles are fully mature and giving off their delightful garlicky odor. The number of known truffle species worldwide is 60, and there are probably more than a dozen species of White Truffles with many more still to be named and more still yet to be discovered. All known Tuber species are edible, many are choice. They grow under hardwoods and conifers whenever the weather is neither too cold nor too dry. The trick is to find them when mature and to do so without digging up acres of forest floor for a handful of mushrooms. I watch for fresh small mammal diggings as a clue. Look for little pits an inch or two deep, not burrows.
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