oa Agriprobe - Truffles - what they are and what they mean to South Africans

Volume 8, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 1810-9799



A truffle is a fungus, such as the commonly known mushrooms, but what differentiates it from ordinary mushrooms, is that truffles are always closely associated with the roots of trees. Thus these organisms are called mycorrhizal mushrooms. They live in a close relationship with the trees, aiding the tree roots in the uptake of phosphorus and nitrogen. Truffles' culinary uses range form being eaten as slivers of the whole truffle on the plate, through to oils infused with it and many more.

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