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Do wild truffles grow in Southeastern North Carolina?

Ashley Morris
StarNews

If you are referring to black or white truffles often grown in Europe, those are not native to North Carolina.

But researchers with the N.C. State Extension service have started cultivating some wild truffles on the other side of the state in the mountains.

In Southeastern North Carolina you can find pecan truffles, which are native to the region. N.C. State Extension agent Jeanine Davis, who has studied truffles in North Carolina, said for years pecan farmers saw these truffles in their fields and tossed them away or ignored them. Now with momentum behind the wild foods movement, these pecan farmers in the region are setting the pecan truffles aside and selling them to local chefs.

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