Truffle pickers brave the Libyan desert to extract 'manna from heaven' | Inquirer Lifestyle

Helping her hometown

Seventeen-year-old Rav James M. Lopez was at her grandparents’ house in Gattaran, Cagayan, when Typhoon “Ulysses” (international name: Vamco) hit. “We were very…
Milad Mohamad, a Truffle hunter, searches for white truffles, known locally as "Terfas", in Al-Hamada al-Hamra desert, in Libya's western Nalut province on February 22, 2019. - Braving the cold and hostile Libyan desert, Milad scratches the ground to extract what he calls "manna from heaven": white truffles coveted as a delicacy at home and abroad. The fungus known locally as "Terfas" is the only thing, besides some wild grass, that grows under the desert sands nurtured by the combined effect of rain and cold temperatures at night. (Photo by - / AFP)

Truffle pickers brave the Libyan desert to extract ‘manna from heaven’

Revenues of sales from Libya's desert truffles enough to rescue families from financial hardship