Truffles are, weight for weight, one of the most expensive foods available. And for good reason: It's not just the tuber's rarity, taste, or smell...the speciality of this earthy treasure also has a lot to do with the chase. Every day, the trifecta of the truffle world (the hunter, the dog, and the Dealer) set out on a hunt for these underground gems, one truffle at a time.
Truffles vary by season and location. We found ourselves in Marche, Italy (the truffle center of the country), when the Biancetto variety was upon us. Italian truffle hunters dig up roughly 100 metric tons of truffles a year. With the help of a seasoned team of locals, we were lucky enough to find two, and eat many, many more.
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