Flying Squirrels, Spotted Owls, and Truffles

Tim Eck
Sun, 18 Feb 2018 16:29:40 PST
It's mostly semantics.  The "Field Guide to North American Truffles" defines all subterranean fruiting fungi with indigestible spores as truffles.  Wikipedia defines the ones that smell good to pigs and people as truffles (which also excludes most of the ascomycete truffles).
> Tim wrote: Most truffles are from mycorrhizal fungi and theycan be from
> groups across the spectrum from basidiomycetes (agarics,
> boletus) and ascomycetes (morels), but mostly exclusively truffle groups.
> I took your advice and Googled it.
> From the wikipedia account, it's apparent that all true truffles are
> ascomycetes. No true truffles are basidiomycetes. There might be
> basidiomycetes which which have a vernacular name which includes the word
> truffle, but that's like calling a cat a dog, or calling a sweet potato a yam.
> Plenty of people do it, but that does not make it right. Jim
> McKenneyMontgomery County, Maryland, USA, USDA zone 7, where I'm lucky
> enough to live close to several local morel patches. Now I'm wondering how
> those morels would go with braised woodchuck.
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