Truffles are expensive because it is very hard to farm them. They only like very specific kinds of soil and tree. Because they live inside tree roots, you can’t just plant truffle seeds in a field or something.
Most truffles grow to be about 30-60 grams in size, which means that just one will set a person back anywhere from $30-75. But Australia has just produced a black truffle that weighs about 2-3/4 pounds and has sold for between $2000and $2500 (the exact price has not been disclosed).
By now most people know that when they see truffle on a menu — the real deal, not just truffle oil — it’s going to cost them a pretty penny. Truffles, which grow underground and are quietly foraged with the help of well-trained dogs, give off an intoxicating flavor that no other ingredient can match. That’s why chefs and cooks are willing to pay up to $1200 a pound for these mushrooms (though rarely do people buy such a large amount).
Grown by Ted Smith of Yelverton Truffles in Robertson, Australia, this gigantic truffle is the second largest recorded in the history of truffle growing — the first was found in France. Smith started growing these black mushrooms a few years back as a retirement project — look like things are going pretty well.
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Source: Huffington Post