Why Truffles Can Cost $2,500 Per Pound

Truffles are the most expensive fungi you can eat. Truffles are the fruiting body of an ectomycorrhizal fungus and one of the most expensive things you can eat. Italian white truffles are renowned for their pungent smell and earthy taste. In general, truffles play by their own rules. Truffle sniffing dogs and even pigs are needed to find the fungus. And cultivation has been difficult with black truffles and hasn’t happened at all with white truffles. It’s a journey filled with hunting, counterfeiting, and occasional nighttime heists to get truffles from the ground to being shaved over your pizza.

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