Who Wants to be a Truffle Hunter?

Posted by Francesca

Truffles, those mushrooms that grow underground, are one of Martha’s favorite delicacies.  In fact, she wants to plant a grove of the special trees that truffles grow beneath, so that she will have her own supply.  Last week, she asked Franklin Garland, of Garland Truffles, to come to the farm to help her decide where the trees should be planted.  Franklin pioneered truffle growing in the Western Hemisphere and was very informative.

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Hey G.K.!  Sharkey!  Are you paying attention?  Franklin Garland is here to talk to Martha about growing truffles on the farm!

1 Hey G.K.! Sharkey! Are you paying attention? Franklin Garland is here to talk to Martha about growing truffles on the farm!

Franklin says you have to plant young filbert or English oak trees inoculated with the fungus that creates truffles and after five years, we can start looking for our own truffles among the tree roots.

2 Franklin says you have to plant young filbert or English oak trees inoculated with the fungus that creates truffles and after five years, we can start looking for our own truffles among the tree roots.

You know what this means?

3 You know what this means?

Martha's going to need a truffle sniffing dog!  So, G.K., who do you think it's going to be?

4 Martha's going to need a truffle sniffing dog! So, G.K., who do you think it's going to be?

Oh Francesca, you don't really think that Martha is going to have one of us do it, do you?  I don't think it's as easy as you think!

5 Oh Francesca, you don't really think that Martha is going to have one of us do it, do you? I don't think it's as easy as you think!

But didn't you see the slide presentation Franklin just gave to Martha?

6 But didn't you see the slide presentation Franklin just gave to Martha?

Franklin has a lemon beagle named Peedee that he trained to sniff out truffles!  Why, certainly one of us can do that!

7 Franklin has a lemon beagle named Peedee that he trained to sniff out truffles! Why, certainly one of us can do that!

Some of those truffles are huge and can fetch around $50 an ounce!  We could be millionaires in no time!

8 Some of those truffles are huge and can fetch around $50 an ounce! We could be millionaires in no time!

Francesca, while I appreciate your enthusiasm, I, for one, don't think I'm cut out for that line of work!  Let me tell you what I know.

9 Francesca, while I appreciate your enthusiasm, I, for one, don't think I'm cut out for that line of work! Let me tell you what I know.

A truffle is an underground mushroom with unique taste and aroma that is sought after by many gourmands.  This truffle was found in the hills of Spoleto, Italy.

10 A truffle is an underground mushroom with unique taste and aroma that is sought after by many gourmands. This truffle was found in the hills of Spoleto, Italy.

For a long time, pigs were used exclusively to hunt for truffles due to their keen sense of smell and innate ability find them.  Truffles contain a compound similar to a sex pheromone found in boar saliva, which female pigs are attracted to.

11 For a long time, pigs were used exclusively to hunt for truffles due to their keen sense of smell and innate ability find them. Truffles contain a compound similar to a sex pheromone found in boar saliva, which female pigs are attracted to.

But pigs often eat the truffles right after finding them, so more and more truffle hunters have specially trained dogs, like this one, to sniff them out.

12 But pigs often eat the truffles right after finding them, so more and more truffle hunters have specially trained dogs, like this one, to sniff them out.

Unlike pigs who are naturally drawn towards truffles, dogs must be trained to find them.  They often scratch or dig to indicate where a truffle might be.

13 Unlike pigs who are naturally drawn towards truffles, dogs must be trained to find them. They often scratch or dig to indicate where a truffle might be.

Dogs aren't interested in eating truffles the way that pigs are, and if you reward them sufficiently, they'll just sniff for more truffles!

14 Dogs aren't interested in eating truffles the way that pigs are, and if you reward them sufficiently, they'll just sniff for more truffles!

Francesca, I'm not trying to discourage you from your truffle hunting dreams, but a dog must be willing to spend a great deal of time getting rather dirty!  What do you think about all of this, Sharkey?

15 Francesca, I'm not trying to discourage you from your truffle hunting dreams, but a dog must be willing to spend a great deal of time getting rather dirty! What do you think about all of this, Sharkey?

I think you two are both silly to worry about this now!  Didn't you hear that truffles take at least 5 years to begin growing!  Now let me sleep!

16 I think you two are both silly to worry about this now! Didn't you hear that truffles take at least 5 years to begin growing! Now let me sleep!

Comments (13)

  • Good Morning F, S & GK

    Hey Frannie count me in I'll come hunt for truffles with you sounds like fun!! Plus we can sell them and make some serious cash.

    So did you have a nice Easter? Did the Easter Bunny bring any good treats? We had a wonderful day. The weather was perfect, mom made lots of good food and there were lots of kids :) I had an especially good time besides having my little 5 year old Nicole here who loves to feed me cheese curls we had a 9 month old baby and she loves to drop crackers and pretzels. I hung out under her chair it was great. I'm stuffed this morning, I feel like a cheese curl.

    Mom thought we were going to have Sophie at the doctor on Saturday. She stole 3 chocolate Easter eggs off the dining room table and ate everything even the box! That dog is crazy I told her that chocolate would make her sick. She was ok, never hurled and didn't appear sick.

    Mom is going to the Phillies home opener today. My Phillies aren't looking that good this year they better get their act together. I have to go find my Phillies shirt so I can watch the game with dad.

    Have a nice day everyone :)

    Zoe

  • Good morning one and all,
    I think the three of you should tell Martha that she should rent a truffle sniffing dog when the time comes. Tell her that when she takes into consideration what it would cost in grooming fees everytime you went truffle hunting, it might be less expensive to rent a truffle sniffer.
    Zoe, glad you got your cheese curls. It sounds like you had a real good weekend. I wonder what new adventures Kirby had since his last post I can't wait to hear. Same for Chloe with her boot camp.
    I am looking forward to hearing from everyone to see what they did over the weekend.
    Love,
    Maddox

  • I have never tasted truffles and for sure Kitty hasn't either...something to try, maybe when we go to Paris!
    Sharkey you crack me up, just laying there in the sun taking it all in.
    Zoe that was a NO-NO eating chocolate eggs, good thing you are OK.
    Hope everyone is fine with their overload of chocolate and other candies.
    Kitty doesn't stay much in the house, she comes in and eats and runs back outside, she is so happy that all is green and warmer.
    Well I ate a big slice of Miss Grace Chocolate Bundt cake...how am I going to do my cholesterol diet with this in the house?

    Have a good Monday everyone!

    delia & Kitty =^. .^=

  • Hello Ladies & G.K.,
    It is good to hear of truffles, but I don't think I would want to sniff them out. Pay a truffle sniffing dog and then reap the rewards. Glad to hear your Easter was fun Zoe. Mom and I loved your phoot you sent me. You look like you have a food hangover. My Easter was quiet, and today my people brother is staying home for his own "cc" day with me. Things are getting harder for your Old Basil Boy. Say prayers please?
    Love & licks,
    Basil
    P.S. Cora Belle, no racoons since you got firm with them. Thanks!!! Love ya.

  • Hi Girl Friends &G.K.+Glue Squad, Gosh, Franklin Garland sure did tell Martha a lot about growing truffles there a her Bedford farm sometime soon! Franny, I like the idea of sniffing for those truffles because I love to sniff for anything and I like to dig, also! I'm not a big dog, but I could at least show you where the truffles are-sounds like fun! Maddox, sure hope your Mom Karen is doing a lot better and enjoying her soup. What happened to make her get so many stitches? My prayers are with her, too! Zoe, sounds like you had a great day on Easter and sure hope Sophie doesn't eat any more chocolate! Kitty, you sure have fun outside on those sunny days! We were lucky to have a nice, warm sunny weekend finally and got to take a nice long walk again! Hope your Mom, Delia is doing OK, also! Basil buddy, my prayers are definitely with you and your family everyday! Hang in there good Buddy! Rebel, sure hope Mimi is doing better, too! I worry about all of you and your parents. Hope everyone has a great, happy, safe, wonderful day today! Love, Dudley Do Right XOXOXO+

  • I am sooooo sorry to not have wished Karen well on all her mouth stitches. I know you must be getting the best of care. A special lick from Old Basil Boy to you and a hug from Mom. Take care.
    Love & licks,
    Basil

  • Frannypants I see the wheels turning in your head about truffle hunting. I think you should instead make like Tom Sawyer and hire some doggies to do it for you and reap all of the profits.

    This Easter weekend was nice and quiet. Zoe how are you able to walk today? I bet you are very "musical" today after all those cheese curls and crackers. :wink: Maddox, I hope Karen is feeling better today. Rebel, how is Mimi doing now? Kirby Bear, how's your trip going? Dudley D., Abbey, Chloe, Delia, everyone I hope you had a wonderful weekend.

    Basil Boy our sweet, strong, courageous Warrior Prince, my warmest thoughts and prayers are with you. I wish I could give you a big hug and kiss to make you feel better. :smile:

  • Hey G.K. & Ladies,
    I think I'd like to hunt for truffles! I low to the ground, love to dig & I'm experienced in sniffing out the "oops" in the kitchen!
    We had a nice quiet weekend. Mimi had an o.k. Drs appt. She says the annual visit is like taking a test. How much do you weigh, what's your cholesterol count, how's the blood pressure....yuk
    Mimi took me to PetSmart today! I love watching the canaries. I needed a new bed for upstairs. I now have a new Martha bolster bed to snuggle up in. Mimi put it in the cart & then put me in my new bed. What fun! She also bought me a teeny-sized greenie snack, yummmm.. Karen has mouth stitches? ouwwie! Delia, Mimi says "nuts" to cholesterol, enjoy the cake! We've really nice weather for a Kitty to enjoy, too. Sophie would be safe at our house, Mimi finished the chocolate candy!
    Hey, Basil, we are with you and your loving family in spirit. Rest well little buddy.
    Your Pal,
    Rebel

  • ..Basil..glad to hear my raccoon pep talk worked..just to make sure I will go out to today and threaten the little flea-carriers with bodily harm if they ruin your outdoor time...Karen, hope your mouth is healing nicely..Lucinda says her torn off fingernail must be a walk in the park compared to your mouth..take care, you are special to us..Zoe I ate a smore at our outdoor party the other night,,wasn't any worse for wear..a matter of fact it was yummy!..Truffles..now that sounds rather interesting..I have a good nose..hmmm...we have filbert trees..never thought to dig under them..that is now on my bucket list...I see our hops are budding out..I love spring at the farm/ranch...must get out there and do a walk-about..check back later..Cora-Belle

  • What a gyp! When I saw the word truffles I thought we were getting a lesson on the finery of chocolates! Not mushrooms! :)

    Yipes, who knew boars were hot and heavy (no pun intended) for truffles. hee hee

    Nonetheless a very interesting blog today.

    Hope all had a happy and healthy Easter!

    gail (aka) bunny (aka) donk lover :)

  • Hello from Little Lola. Hugs to you all! Basil, I am so impressed with your determination to post each day.. good for you! God Bless you Basil. Cheese curls... oh they sound so good. Mushroom truffles.... I am sorry but after looking at the photos... are they really that good? I will stick with a good old bone anytime. Gran said she couldn't remember a prettier Easter Day here in Central Ohio. The weather and landscapes were beautiful! It was a blessed day with Family and Friends. Today not so good, gray skies and windy. Sharky, you look so cute napping in the photos.
    High Paws and Hugs from Lola.

  • Hello Glue Squad,
    Thank you so much for your well wishes. I had bone grafting done to get dental implants. The surgeon told his assistant he needed the diamond plated blades and he started chopping away. It feels better now. Still eating soup and yogurt.
    I can picture little Zoe's mouth being all orange after her cheese curl fest. Delia, drink a diet soda. That should wash those calories away from the cake. Rebel, you and Dudley should go into truffle sniffing business. It sounds like you would both like that and look at all the money you would make to buy yourselves real dog treats. Cora-Belle, I can picture you on your walk about. I bet your nose is very busy sniffing out all the critters.
    Basil, you are an amazing little guy. I, along with Maddox, will keep praying for you and your mom every day. Stay comfortable my little friend.
    Remember all you Glue Squad members, furry and human, you are all so very special ans I hold a place in my heart for each and every one of you.
    Love ya,
    Karen

  • Hi F&S, GK and Glue Squad, Truffles, not so sure I'd like sniffing them out and getting dirty, that would mean extra grooming; although, I enjoyed it and looked great. The groomer invited me back even before my next appt to hang out them; I think I can handle it. Sounds like everyone had a great Easter. I had a fun day; Mom & Dad were proud,I was on my best behavior since we had company and everyone enjoyed the day. I even had an Easter Basket with lots of goodies in it; Mom got these silly bunny ears and put them on me so she could take a picture. Doesn't she know that I'm not a bunny!! hehe

    Basil, hope you are doing okay, extra hugs sent your way; Chloe, how are you doing okay at camp. Zoe, better keep an eye on Sophie. Kirby Bear, how's vacation?

    Till next time,
    Missy Chow
    xoxo

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