Story: Mushrooms and other cultivated fungi

Périgord black truffle

Périgord black truffle

Périgord black truffles (Tuber melanosporum) have been cultivated on the roots of oak and hazel trees in New Zealand since the 1990s. Despite their unglamorous looks, they are in great demand, and sell for more than $3,500 a kilogram.

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Maggy Wassilieff, 'Mushrooms and other cultivated fungi - Truffles and other ectomycorrhizal fungi', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 23 June 2024)

Story by Maggy Wassilieff, published 24 Nov 2008