Reply To: Imaia gigantea

Alana McGee


I’ve been so busy I haven’t updated all the other threads on here with other truffle types etc.

I’ll make it a priority tomorrow to go through and populate some of that.

I VERY MUCH meant to mention it to you Lois. I have never actually seen one- nor have I been able to get hands on them, although I have requests out- but yes!!!! They are by you and they are REALLY good apparently.

It is closely related to, wait for it, DESERT TRUFFLES! It’s actually been renamed from that family group, and is closer to morels but I get away from myself….

This is the AMAZING thing about dogs. Once you start using them for research, or culinary fun in the woods for these purposes, we start finding out all kinds of things! This species is not all that well documented, again, so few well trained truffle dog on the east coast/ Japan/ (basically anywhere outside of the Meditteranean), but there are suspicions they are in many more places. They have found them in PA as well.

They actually do not know what their host species is but are found in mixed broadleaf forests and mixed conifer woods in your area. They are pretty shallow, usually in moss- upper 10 cm or so. It probably can form with multiple trees, like our native oregon Blacks- which are actually also found in France on hardwoods, and in N. africa on a small shrub! It’s crazy!

They kind of look like a reddish tinged perigord on the outside and have that bubbly interior like the Oregon Black Truffle. The two species are actually pretty closely related, and it is highly likely they are much wider spread and prolific than people think! They are commercially harvest on a small scale- but I have yet to ever see one- but I’ll make a request here momentarily to someone

I’m currently away from home so I don’t have access to all my resources for more info at present on flavor/ aroma profile, but good one for making me remember about these. If I recall correctly, they have notes of earthy potato, spicy sweet, and sometimes fruity. Kind of a mash of odors there, but hey, who knows!