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David Sparks Ph.d Epicurean Delight
by David Sparks Ph.d, click here for bio

Program: Idaho Ag Today
Date: January 14, 2019

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Truffle hunting is a lucrative business when they are in season, from fall through spring. In Idaho, raking back the soil and searching by sight is the usual method for harvesting but Idaho truffle Guru, Paul Beckman, enjoys his almost daily hunt with truffle sniffing dog Bella Getana. AND, SUCCESS.“This is a bean kettle truffle. It’s got a little bit of mud on it. We will wash it off and then what we will do with this to begin with, we will put it in with eggs, cream and butter and let the gases come off of it and infuse that before we actually use it in the food. This is essentially the second truffle we have harvested this year. We typically start harvesting here and the first of next month we will start to find a few more and usually it is the end of December to middle of January, I know it’s cold, but that’s when we find them.” Beckman is also preparing for a first ever event in Idaho. “The first Idaho Truffle Festival is here the weekend of the 22nd, 23rd and 24th of February, so we got people coming in from California to Canada to you name it, coming here to learn about truffles and teach us about truffles.” Another Idaho crop capturing national attention.

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