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.

One Response to Truffle, the most expensive and valuable fungus
  1. Simeon Prince
    September 8, 2012 | 10:38 pm

    Thanks for the info. It is something that I have always wondered about, but never done the research on. I understand now. Great Post again!

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