A cogumil truffle is a pumpkin-sized, dense edible mushroom from the Cogumil Forest. It has a flavor and scent very similar to a black truffle, and is a very valuable commodity and the primary source of income for the small settlement outside of the dangerous forest. The truffle does not handle transport very well, and is usually pressed for its valuable oil before being shipped off to the kitchens of nobles in distant lands. The fruiting bodies of the truffle exude a scent reminiscent of undergrowth, strawberries, wet earth or dried fruit with a hint of cocoa. Their taste, which fully develops after the truffles are heated, is slightly peppery and bitter. The dogs bred by the nearby settlement are trained to sniff out these mushrooms, which are hastily gathered by the villagers brave enough to dart into the alien forest for them.