Truffles are fungi that grow in and on the roots of specific trees, and have fruiting bodies that grow beneath the ground. Truffles of various kinds are found throughout Europe, Asia, America, Australia and Africa, but only a few species have any real commercial value.
Truffle’s flavor, rarity and their extraordinary prices are exciting many people around the world.
Until recently truffles harvested for commercial uses were confined to the ancient oak forests in Europe, but with developing resources and ongoing research the prized truffle is now being produced in New Zealand.
With their unique flavor and intoxicating smell, truffles have been eaten since the times of Greeks and the Romans as delicacies, aphrodisiacs, and medicines.