Foraging with Truffle Dogs, Cooking with Parsnips and Other Winter Root Vegetables
(Dog trainer Jean Rand prepares to go truffling with her black Lab Gusto/Photo courtesy of Joyce Eberhart.)
We speak with local dog trainers and a mycologist about how hunting with hounds could improve the culinary reputation of Oregon's underground wild truffles. Using dogs, instead of blindly hand-raking, is less damaging to forest ecosystem, as truffles grow at the roots of young Douglas firs. The Oregon Truffle Festival takes place in Eugene Jan. 29-31. And check out of a video of Southeast Portland resident Eric Lyon hunting truffles with dog Zoe here.
(Gusto, Oregon's most proficient truffle dog/photo courtesy of Joyce Eberhardt.)
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Then we hear from Emily Stimac of the First Alternative Co-op in Corvallis on how to cook with in-season parsnips and turnips.
(Curiously sweet parsnips/By Garelvirat/Flickr Creative Commons)