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Old 08-17-2015, 08:24 PM   #11
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Just as a point of interest, my understanding is that dogs are used more than pigs these days to sniff out truffles.
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Just as a point of interest, my understanding is that dogs are used more than pigs these days to sniff out truffles.
You are correct. Pigs were used in France and Italy early on.
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You are correct. Pigs were used in France and Italy early on.

The farmer had to fight the pig for the truffle so he wouldn't eat it. Dogs don't eat truffles.
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Old 08-17-2015, 08:55 PM   #14
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Some photos of the Oregon Truffle Festival. I have attended a couple of times. A very worthy event, if a little pricey.

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Truffles were very popular in Parisian markets in the 1780s. They were imported seasonally from truffle grounds, where peasants had long enjoyed their secret. Brillat-Savarin (1825) noted characteristically that they were so expensive they appeared only at the dinner tables of great nobles and kept women. A great delicacy was a truffled turkey.
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Old 08-18-2015, 06:59 AM   #16
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We sometimes get Oregon truffles but IMHO they are pale shades of the European ones. I've never had the pleasure of actually eating 1 of the European ones but we were offered a French white (or half of it as it was a good sized one) once years ago, WAY out of our price range back then, probably now too as I'm sure they have gone up like everything else. I still remember the aroma and the Oregon ones just don't compare even though they are a very good product and much, much more affordable.
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We sometimes get Oregon truffles but IMHO they are pale shades of the European ones. I've never had the pleasure of actually eating 1 of the European ones but we were offered a French white (or half of it as it was a good sized one) once years ago, WAY out of our price range back then, probably now too as I'm sure they have gone up like everything else. I still remember the aroma and the Oregon ones just don't compare even though they are a very good product and much, much more affordable.
I'd be curious how you know the differences if you have not actually tasted the European ones.

Opinions differ, and chefs differ in their opinions. James Beard preferred Oregon, but he was from Oregon. Oregon's are much cheaper. I've tasted both. The difference does not warrant the price difference IMO.
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I'd be curious how you know the differences if you have not actually tasted the European ones.

Opinions differ, and chefs differ in their opinions. James Beard preferred Oregon, but he was from Oregon. Oregon's are much cheaper. I've tasted both. The difference does not warrant the price difference IMO.
As I wrote, the aroma. While the Oregon truffles (again, I noted they are a good and more economical product) have a nice aroma, they don't have ANYTHING on the aroma of the French one, Not. Even. Close.
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Old 08-18-2015, 11:03 PM   #19
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Don't know about Oregon, but those on this site are I believe Italian and the prices are definitely a bit stiff. Much of their product line is only available in season, and white appears to be a lot pricier than black.

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