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Unlike most of the mushrooms consumed around the world and grown commercially on dead plant material (saprophytic mushrooms), many wild edible mushrooms grow in a symbiotic mycorrhizal relationship with the roots of suitable trees (ie. beech, oak & hazel).
Of these, truffles are the most highly-prized and unusual. They tend to be roughly spherical, have no stalk, no gills and are formed underground or just at the surface. The trees which Truffle UK Ltd currently supplies are infected with either:
Once inoculated, the root systems are carefully monitored to ensure that at 'point of sale', the seedlings are truly infected and to the exclusion of any harmful pathogens or competing fungi. The trees come with planting instructions. We would advise those looking to plant a larger number of trees, to test the suitability of their soil. Both truffle types require alkaline conditions.