They said it couldn’t be done, but apparently they were wrong. What’s being called the Willamette Valley’s “first cultivated black truffle” has just been found near Corvallis in an orchard of inoculated hazelnut trees supplied by New World Trufflieres, Inc. The truffle is a Perigord variety or Tuber melanosporum, the same variety that is cultivated in Southern Europe and fetches $1,500 a pound.

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