(MENAFN- Jordan News Agency)
Amman, Jan. 30 (Petra) -- A local non-profit research institute discussed the potential of desert truffle cultivation in the Kingdom as a rare and profitable commodity that has nutrition and health benefits.
During a seminar held Sunday by the Jordan Society for Scientific Research under the title 'Growing and Producing Truffles and Methods of Scientific Investment,' truffle cultivation expert Muhammad Awameh indicated that Jordan is capable of producing desert truffles and accordingly has a plan in place for truffle farming due to its importance and economic feasibility.
He pointed out that there are two genera of truffles in Jordan, which are Terfezia (locally known as Khalasi) and Tirmania (locally known as Zubaidi), adding that truffles have similar nutrients to meat and can also be used in the treatment of trachoma.
The Ruwaished desert far east of the Kingdom is one the best areas to grow desert truffles, which can be harvested in February, March and April depending on the amount of precipitation, especially if the rain is accompanied by lightning, thunder and snow, he added.
Several questions and comments were made during the seminar as participants stressed the importance of growing truffles and investing in their cultivation.
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