The Day I First Smelled Wild Truffles Growing in Ohio

Larder Delicatessen & Bakery, Cleveland, Ohio
Photo: Darin Wiseman

October 26, 2022 is a day I’ll always remember. It’s the day I learned that culinary-grade white and red/brown truffles were growing wild in Ohio. Yes, you heard that right.

I work as a chef, zymologist, and mycologist and this has always been on my list of things to investigate. We’ve known for decades that truffles grow the world round, especially throughout North America. But it's always been believed the species that grow...