Is this a truffle

Asked July 11, 2019, 11:38 AM EDT

I found this firm ground thing in my yard it has the firmness of an jicama and has a musty smell. it is about 2 to 3 inches below the ground surface in the shade under a birch tree. A chef who lives across the street looked at it and wasn’t sure if it was a truffle or not. He said it had the markings and inside the big one has the veins that he has seen before but he’d never seen one with the white outside and black inside. Any recommendations?

Olmsted County Minnesota truffles mushroom identification puffball mushrooms

1 Response

Master gardeners have not been trained to identify mushrooms and most lack the expertise needed to do that.

Although we can not identify the fungus in the photo, several kinds, including some puffball species, resemble truffles. Go here to learn about them:

If you need more information, please submit your question and photos to
Ron Spinosa of the Minnesota Mycological Society: