The Willamette Valley has long been synonymous with Oregon truffles. These mushrooms, rarely larger than a bouncy ball, grow underground in the root systems of Douglas fir trees throughout the region — and inspire fervent truffle hunting around Oregon every winter.

Once cultivated, these Oregon truffles begin to appear in markets and on restaurant menus all over the region. You may see truffle shavings top pizzas at Left Coast Estate, on the menu at the acclaimed Joel Palmer House Restaurant, in specialty beers from Wolves & People Farmhouse Brewery, and even in the likes of truffle-infused chocolates and cheeses at seasonal markets.

Naturally, the Willamette Valley celebrates the world-famous export with Truffle Month in and around Newberg, as well as the lauded Oregon Truffle Festival—which hosts events throughout the region over the course of two busy months. So if you’re looking to learn more and dig in this winter, we’ve put together this page to help you make the most of truffle season in the Willamette Valley.