Truffle- Identification

Q: My son found in our yard what he thinks is a truffle. He split it open and it is powdery on the inside but definitely smelling like some type of mushroom. Could this be a truffle?

A: Mary Woehrel, president of the Mushroom Club of Georgia, says we definitely have truffles in the state! Tim Brenneman , Professor of Plant Pathology at the University of Georgia at Tifton, commonly finds them in pecan groves, usually very close to the surface.

Most truffles have an extremely pungent, earthy aroma. Earthballs and puffballs resemble truffles, but are not true truffles. A truffle looks like a knobby potato and inside is a maze of white and brown corridors. If you would like to learn more about truffles and mushrooms, the Mushroom Club of Georgia meets each month at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. They sponsor mushroom walks in various areas around Atlanta.