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Truffle, the most expensive and valuable fungus

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Believe it or not, in December 2007, a single specimen of truffle weighing 3.3 pounds was sold out for 330,000 American dollars.

Believe it or not, truffle is a species of an eatable fungus.

Believe it or not, truffle is one of the most expensive foods in the world.

Believe it or not, a truffle is the most valuable fungus in the world.

Many of you may not believe on the mentioned facts about truffle but they are true. If I am not wrong, you have some questions in your mind now, like, What is truffle? Where it found? Why is it so expensive? The answer to all these question

shall be given in this post. So, let’s start.

What is truffle?

Unlike other mushrooms, truffle grows underground mainly under the trees and they looks like a potato. They are very rare but delicious and used in many recipes round the world. Due to their higher prices they are often called “The Diamond of the kitchen”.

Where they found?

They are found in Croatia, Italy, France, Serbia, France, Slovenia and many other regions of world including Middle Eastern and North American countries.

How are they grown?

Like all other types of fungus, truffle also depends on other trees. They are majorly grown near the roots of trees under the ground in the forests.

How are they harvested?

dog searching truffle

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Trained dogs are used to find out the presence of truffle under the ground because the dog’s sense of smell is very strong.  Once the truffle is found, it is than pulled out of earth carefully.

Why is it so expensive?

It is very rare and its harvesting method is very difficult therefore its price can rise up to six figures. There are thousands of the types of truffles and their prices starts from 2200 USD per pound.

Uses of truffle:

A truffle is used in many Italian, French and Spanish recipes. They are often shaved over salads and also they are sliced in meat recipes. Truffle oil is one of its exclusive products and widely used in America.

   

Mushrooms are neither plants nor animals

All those who have ever played “Sonic the Hedgehog”, one of the most popular games by Sega. Do you still remember the “Mushroom Hill Zone” having hundreds of small and large mushrooms? Ok leave it, how many of you have eaten Mushroom once or more in life?
Today we are going to tell you many interesting things about these small and colorful species.

 

This beautiful creature is neither animal nor plant, it belongs to the kingdom of Fungi. It is the only part of fungus that is visible to naked human eye, in fact mushroom is the fruiting body of fungi. All types of mushrooms belongs to fungi but not all fungi are mushrooms and like other fungi they can grow anywhere in the world. Some other types of fungi are rusts, yeasts and slime molds.

 

Although mushrooms are one of the most eatable foods in the world but there are many types that are toxic and may cause death to humans.mushrooms It has been observed that the poisonous Mushrooms are darker in colors and it is strongly recommended not to eat mushrooms if you have no knowledge of them.

 

Some Amazing facts about Mushrooms:

  • They have been used in traditional medicines for thousands of years and are helpful in curing of many diseases.
  • The largest discovered mushroom till date is the one with about 10 meters of height and its weight was half a ton, named as “Giant Fungus”. It was found in China in 2010.
  • The eatable mushrooms are very low in calories and have no cholesterol, also they are free of fats so they are an ideal food.
  • Portabella is a kind of mushroom that has more potassium than a banana.
  • Mushrooms are 90% water.
  • Mushrooms were called as  “food of the gods” by Romans and they used to serve them on festival and other special occasions.

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