Botanical name: Tuber aestivum (black) and Tuber magnatum (white)
Edible fungus which is not technically a mushroom. Grows at the roots of specially inoculated oak trees, 5cm–30cm below the ground. Most truffles are imported from the forests of Europe, although black truffle plantations have been established around Australia.
Characteristic: Canned or fresh, truffles are expensive. Highly perishable; use fresh truffles within 1–2 days of purchase