The desert truffle (called faqa in the Gulf) is a prized item that can be found all around the Middle East and Northern Africa. Usually you can find them on the roadside being sold in the Spring when it rains . The faqa is not cheap, but also not as expensive as regular truffles. Truffle hunters go out into the desert after a rain to look for them. You can see a small bulge in the sand and then dig to retrieve it. The truffles are of course sandy since they grow under the sand and you must clean them thoroughly. Faqa is used in local traditional medicine for treating eye, back, knee and leg ailments and is also known for its qualities as an aphrodisiac .
Machboos laham (lamb) with faga
Recipe for Machboos Laham the national dish of Kuwait