“True” vs “False” Truffles

In Europe, the term “truffle” in the very strictest (“true”) sense has historically only referred to those hypogeous (below ground) fungi that were gourmet edibles, primarily in the genus Tuber. Tubers are members of a larger grouping of fungi called Ascomycetes.

For many only Tubers and their close relatives are considered “true truffles”, while all others being “false truffles”, and for other folks all hypogeous Ascomycetes (irrespective of culinary qualities) are called “true truffles”.

However, there are many, many other perfectly nice species of hypogeous fungi, both Ascomycetes and Basidiomycetes, are not particularly prized as food outside the squirrel community.

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