Moroccan truffles: what species?

Daniel B. Wheeler dwheeler at
Wed Mar 20 04:30:07 EST 2002

dwheeler at (Daniel B. Wheeler) wrote in message news:<6dafee1b.0203181045.7bcc10b6 at>...
> Just received a package of truffle from Morocco for experimentation
> and examination. Truffles have external veins over an off-white
> peridium with some grayish areas present. I'd describe them more as
> "dirty white" than gray.
> The aroma is fragrant and somewhat of beer (sorry, can't tell you
> _which_ beer, since I can't have much beer anymore).
> Has anyone heard of truffle from Morocco? What species might they be?
> Could these be a form of Terfezia? Or are they more likely
> Lespaultinia?
> Daniel B. Wheeler

After emailing the sender, I can now confirm the truffles were
Terfezia, picked sometime this month, and were sent from Kemitra,
Morocco. Now that the genus has been confirmed, can anyone suggest a
species from that part of the world?

Daniel B. Wheeler

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