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Treasure hunt: Ginger Zee searches for rare, expensive Italian white truffles

09 January 2018

More than a hundred thousand dollars for a fungus? It’s true. Some of the rarest mushrooms in the world — white truffles — have seen eager bidders raising their offers well beyond six figures.

But why would someone would spend so much money on a kind of mushroom? Fans say the pungent aromas and unique flavors are worth the price.

The white truffle is so expensive because it is so rare and more reliant on weather than many other truffles. Unlike the black truffle, another renowned culinary fungus that can be commercially farmed, the white truffle can only be found in the wild — in specific regions, at limited time of the year.

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