Field Guide to North American Truffles: Hunting, Identifying, and Enjoying the World's Most Prized Fungi

Field Guide to North American Truffles: Hunting, Identifying, and Enjoying the World's Most Prized Fungi

Matt Trappe

Language: English

Pages: 146


Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

The second most expensive food in the world after saffron, truffles are treasured, coveted, and savored for their mysterious and exotic flavor. This complete field guide shows chefs and fungi aficionados how to forage for and identify the wide variety of truffles that grow in temperate forests throughout North America. Written by expert horticulturalists who have studied, classified, and enjoyed truffles for decades, the FIELD GUIDE TO NORTH AMERICAN TRUFFLES makes these celebrated underground jewels accessible to all.

  • The first full-color illustrated guide to identifying North American truffles by their key features, including profiles of more than 80 species of truffles.
  • Includes more than 80 photographs of rare and hard-to-find truffle species.
  • Features flavor profiles, delectability index, and culinary tips for each species.
  • Perfect size for carrying in a pocket or daypack.

Reviews"It'¬?s the first book of its kind, complete with photographs, cross-sectional views of indigenous truffle varieties, guides to seasonal availability, and foraging tips for hundreds of kinds of truffles (both the edible and inedible kinds), as well as tasting notes and cooking tips."-Saveur

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its widest point. Odor and taste not distinctive. Comments: It resembles H. variiformis var. variiformis except for the orange brown color of the latter. For lack of a distinctive aroma and because its edibility is untested, it has a low Desirability Rating. Avoid alcoholic beverages when eating this species. DR: Insipid. Hymenogaster subalpinus A. H. Smith M. TRAPPE Group: Basidiomycota, Cortinariaceae. Season: October–March. Distribution: Pacific Northwest. Habitat: With Douglas-fir at

cokeri) Linder J. TRAPPE Group: Basidiomycota, Rhizopogonaceae. Season: Year-round. Distribution: Appalachian and western mountains. Habitat: Moderate elevations to subalpine forests with true firs, hemlocks, sugar pine. Spores: 7–10 × 3.5–5 �m, truncate-ellipsoid, smooth, pale to strong brown singly and in mass. Features: Peridium bright chrome yellow with yellow rhizomorphs, associated with mats of bright yellow mycelium. Gleba dark brown. Odor and taste mild. Comments: The most

provided in the text. Most of the spore photos were taken with a Nikon 5400 digital camera through a Zeiss microscope. For most images, the spores were mounted (on a microscope slide) in a clear 5 percent KOH (potassium hydroxide) solution, but in some cases stains or iodine solutions were used to highlight spore features. Examples are Genea harknessii (in fast green stain), Gilkeya compacta and Hydnotrya variiformis var. pallida (in cotton blue stain), and members of the Russulaceae (in

thick inner layer that in cross section is brown and attractively marbled with paler veins. When young its spore mass is somewhat gooey, but it becomes a fine black powder (like a puffball) as it matures. Fruit-bodies are enclosed in a husk of tree rootlets and mycelium. This specimen is about 1 inch (2.5 cm) in diameter; on larger specimens the rind can be over � inch (0.6 cm) thick. Odor strongly metallic, unpleasant. Comments: Though also widely distributed in the Northern Hemisphere, this

odor evaporates with cooking and its rubbery texture becomes corky. DR: Insipid. Genabea cerebriformis (Harkness) Trappe J. TRAPPE Group: Ascomycota, Pyronemataceae. Season: March–October. Distribution: Western North America. Habitat: With pine, Douglas-fir, oak. Spores: 29–34 �m, globose, with densely crowded spines 2–3 �m tall. Features: Dull grayish yellow, convoluted and minutely warty with many chambers, rarely more than 1 cm broad, fragile, and brittle. Odor pleasant, faintly

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