Error message

Image resize threshold of 10 remote images has been reached. Please use fewer remote images.

The Truffle Dog

The Truffle Dog

Douglas Gayeton for Lexicon of Sustainability

The Truffle Dog

Location: The Truffle Orchard, Willamette Valley Vineyards

Featuring: Jim and Tom, the dog

Why do sustainable truffle hunters use dogs (and pigs) instead of rakes?

1.) Dogs only dig in the precise area where truffles can be found. Indiscriminate raking tears up the substrate around trees, creating irreparable root damage. It may even diminish future harvests.
2.) Truffles have a very pleasing aroma when ripe; hence dogs only find those ready for picking. Indiscriminate hunters often find immature and unripe truffles with little taste.
3. Truffles mature underground and require animals to unearth and disperse them. Raking is a much less effective method of spore dispersal.

Log in or register to post comments

Posts nearby

Location: Hanson Beeyard, Fort Lupton, Colorado Featuring: Larry, Craig, Gary, and Brian Since 2005 many bee colonies around the globe have mysteriously disappeared. Everything from cellphone... Read more
By The Producer, Feb 28
Featuring: Bill and Nicolette Niman Location: BN Ranch, Marin, CaliforniaThe Niman’s secret for “antibiotic-free” beef production is simple: fresh air, sunshine, and exercise make for healthy... Read more
By Douglas Gayeton, May 19
Location: The Honey House, Ballard Bee Company, Seattle, Washington Featuring: Corky Luster Corky says: “Honey around the entractor, honey on the door, honey on my left boot that is now on the... Read more
By The Producer, May 20