Desert Truffle

Terfeziaceae

Desert Truffle

There are mores than 30 different species of desert truffles, they are very mild in flavour and are cooked in local desert regions much like we cook potatoes in the UK. 

The unusual hunting method involves striking a stick against the ground and listening for subtle changes in the sound to detect if there is a fruiting body underneath.

 

Aroma

Desert truffles have a much milder flavor than it’s European counterparts.

Season

 This species is harvested across Europe during late winter and early spring.

Visuals 

At maturity the desert truffle has a smooth exterior that’s cream to dark brown and can often have irregular dark brown patches. The flesh inside is often a very light colour.

Sizes can vary from the very small (the size of a pea) to the size of a tennis ball if the soil is well aerated.

Climate and Habitat

The desert truffle, as the name suggests, predominantly grow in arid and semi-arid climates and can be found from Morocco to the Middle East. It grows in association with a wide number of plants that are adapted to the desert and semi-arid climates.

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