Truffle wars

DrLeftover

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The next time you go out and order some trendy dish with this stuff in them....

think about this:

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The vet said strychnine, a colorless, odorless agent that farmers use for pest control but has no purpose in the wild forest was to blame. Aware that truffle hunters had grown savvy to the use of meatballs, the poisoners had likely placed a few drops in the pool of water the dog had drunk from, sending the innocent animal into respiratory distress.

The discovery of truffles, especially enigmatic wild white truffles, is so “vanishingly rare” that hunters resort to “brutal forms of sabotage,” Ryan Jacobs writes in his new book, “The Truffle Underground: A Tale of Mystery, Mayhem, and Manipulation in the Shadowy Market of the World’s Most Expensive Fungus” (Clarkson Potter), out Tuesday.

Since ancient times, truffles have been prized for their unique, earthy flavor and intoxicating aroma. There are hundreds of different truffle species, but only a few have any value in the culinary world. White truffles (Tuber magnatum pico) and black winter truffles (Tuber melanosporum) are considered the best — true luxuries.
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Much more:


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DrLeftover

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Are you sure?

Check the menu at your nearest "fast casual" or similar restaurant.


For instance:



and





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Kaunisto

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I've only had some truffle chocolates (probably using a less rare type). Those are good.
 
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