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Truffles

Edible Edible
Autumn Autumn
Summer Summer

Very hard to find without a female pig or trained dog.

Mushroom Type
Common Names Black truffle, British Summer truffle
Scientific Name Tuber aestivum
Season Start Aug
Season End Nov
Average Mushroom height (CM) 0
Average Cap width (CM) 8
Please note that each and every mushroom you come across may vary in appearance to these photos.

Cap

Globular, uneven and covered in warts, looking like tree bark. Blackish brown in colour.

Flesh

Off-white becoming marbled with tan/grey/brown.

Habitat

Under the ground near beech trees, occasionally with other trees.

Possible Confusion

No other mushroom looks similar or grows under the ground.

Spore Print

Blackish brown to brown. Ovoid.

Taste / Smell

Excellent, nutty but not as intense as the Perigoird truffle, Tuber melanosporum.

Frequency

Difficult to say as they grow underground hidden from sight.

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