CHAP. 13.—PARTICULARS CONNECTED WITH THE TRUFFLE.
The following peculiarities we find mentioned with reference
to the truffle. When there have been showers in autumn, and
frequent thunder-storms, truffles are produced, thunder1
contributing more particularly to their developement; they do
not, however, last beyond a year, and are considered the most
delicate eating when gathered in spring. In some places the
formation of them is attributed to water; as at Mytilene,2
instance, where they are never to be found, it is said, unless
the rivers overflow, and bring down the seed from Tiara, that
being the name of a place at which they are produced in the
greatest abundance. The finest truffles of Asia are those found
in the neighbourhood of Lampsacus and Alopeconnesus; the
best in Greece are those of the vicinity of Elis.