A truffle is an underground fungus which grows close to the roots of certain trees that are called "truffles species"; for example, the oak or holm oak.
The truffle is not in contact with the roots of the tree but is linked to them by mycelium that we cannot see. The relationship between tree and truffle is one of symbiosis: they are closely associated to each other.
This product is so rooted in the soil that a dog's sense of smell is required to extract the truffle since without them it would be impossible to find the fungus at its peak time.
There are up to thirty edible varieties of truffles, although not all of them have culinary value.
At Manjares de la Tierra we work with two local varieties: the black truffle or Tuber melanosporum and the summer truffle or Tuber aestivum. The black truffle or Tuber melanosporum is one of the most appreciated due to its unmistakable smell and taste.