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The exotic treasure of Oregon mushroom country known as Oregon’s truffle reaches its musky peak in the last full week of January month each year. Chefs adore them, dogs are trained to dig them and when you are standing at the heart of the dense forests of Willamette Valley, each mud cake sphere of soil in the Oregon country could possibly be a truffle fortune.
Truffles grow underneath the forests throughout the Northwest, dwelling where the sun's rays rarely pierce the dense forest shade and the earth stays cool and moist most of the year.
The three-day Oregon Truffle Festival is attended by truffle enthusiasts from around the world each January. The festival is full of engaging events, including workshops, truffle-themed lunch and dinners, dog training seminars and forays.
Training a truffle hunting dog requires dedication. The real challenge is not to scent and unearth the truffle, but to teach the dog not to gobble up its findings.
Editor’s Note: This is an excerpt from Chris Santella’s new book in the ‘Fifty Places’ series, ‘Fifty Places to Drink Beer Before You Die.’ Resting against the eastern slopes of the Cascade Mountains in Central Oregon,…