This is a relatively large hypogeous mycorrhizal fungi associated with Douglas fir especially in winter and fall, although it has now been collected year-round. The odor is gaeous and unpleasant/sharp in the nose. Nonetheless, Nancy Smith–Weber reported than when a washed specimen is added to a plastic bag of cheese sticks, it flavors the cheese and gives it a “certain indefinable something”. This is not a recommended species for eating: I have eaten it once, and will never willingly do so again. It did not make me sick, throw-up, or cause nausea. However, the taste is strongly off-putting, and is usually stronger than Tuber gibbosum.
[admin – Sat Aug 14 02:04:29 +0000 2010]: Changed location name from ‘Paul Bishop’s Jones Creek Tree Farm, Clackamas Co., OR’ to ‘Paul Bishop’s Jones Creek Tree Farm, Beavercreek, Oregon, USA’
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