Cultivated Périgords in the Pacific Northwest: An agricultural reality?
Ilsa and I recently surveyed a Willamette Valley Périgord truffiere, to check on the progress of the crop. Let’s just say we were a little excited to locate 1.3 pounds of french black truffles, Tuber melanosporum.
Two years ago, agricultural history was made when Ilsa discovered the very first cultivated Tuber melanosporum truffle in the northwest region of the North American continent. Some “experts” had been saying these truffles could never be grown in the rainy Pacific Northwest.
Since that first discovery, Ilsa’s sensational nose has led to the discovery of périgords in three additional truffieres, all located in the Willamette Valley. Each new truffle find has helped motivate and excite both farmers and scientists who have been working so hard to successfully grow and establish this European truffle species in Oregon.
Last week, Ilsa caused a significant buzz when she sniffed out the biggest recorded cultivated périgord truffle harvest to date-an astounding 1.3 pounds of “black diamonds!”
It’s really an exciting time to be a part of this emerging industry and we are certain this discovery will create even more interest in a new agricultural crop for Oregon farms.