A truffle is the fruiting body of an underground mushroom;spore dispersal is accomplished through fungivores,animals that eat fungi.Almost all truffles are ectomycorrhizal and are therefore usually found in close association with trees.There are hundreds of species of truffles,but the fruiting body of some (mostly in the genus Tuber) are highly prized as a food: Brillat-Savarin called them "the diamond of the kitchen".
Hen Of The Woods - Also known as maitake -- which translates to "dancing mushrooms" in Japanese -- these delicate, flowery mushrooms are packed with flavor. They're rich, earthy and pretty dreamy. They grow at the base of trees, particularly oaks, and are used in Japanese and western cooking. They hold their shape well when cooked, so they're great for soups and stir-fries.