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Black Truffles?

vickib Jan 19, 2009 06:19 PM

Where can you buy black truffles in LA? Is it possible?

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    Adsvino Jan 20, 2009 06:50 AM

    Call the Cheese Shop in Beverly Hills. Avoid Surfas, just bought a crappy one there.

    1. Chili Mar 22, 2009 10:54 AM

      Go online. If you can get white ones. I was thinking about trying my hand at hunting for them in the SGV mountains. I already hunt certain types of mushrooms. Why not truffles? They dont just grow in Europe.

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      1. re: Chili
        RicRios Mar 22, 2009 11:05 AM

        "I was thinking about trying my hand at hunting for them in the SGV mountains."

        Truffles need high ph soils, cold climate, abundant rain.
        None of those conditions are present in the SGV mountains.

        1. re: RicRios
          Chili Mar 22, 2009 12:01 PM

          Maybe NorCal?

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            RicRios Mar 22, 2009 03:26 PM


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        2. re: Chili
          sbritchky Mar 22, 2009 11:06 PM

          I hope you have training from an expert, Chili. Search sfgate.com for "mushrooms" paired with words like "poison," "liver transplant," "death," etc., and you'll find hair-raising tales of foraging adventures in the Bay Area. When I lived up there, a couple of visiting European mushroom gatherers picked some bad fungus nearby and were paralyzed and half-dead for a time.

          1. re: sbritchky
            Akitist Mar 23, 2009 08:42 AM

            Or check out last week's LA Times for a local incident. Apparently there's a lethal local mushroom that's a ringer for an edible Euro one.

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          miwine Mar 22, 2009 10:31 PM

          Oregon black are available at the Hollywood and Santa Monica farmers Market (sunday and wed.)

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            carln Mar 23, 2009 08:07 AM

            I just picked up some oregon black truffles at the saturday farmers market in santa monica. they were $20/oz.

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