Truffles are a fungus that grow around the roots of several different species of trees in very few areas of the world. That's why they're called "Black Gold". Per ounce, they are one of the most expensive items you can buy. Locating them can be a challenge. In years past pigs were used, but they liked to eat them so it was always a race to get them once located before they were eaten. Now they have trained dogs to do the work. The advantage.... they don't like them. When we were in France last year we were able to tour a truffle farm and learn how it's done. These jars of truffles were in the little shop at the truffier's house.
"At the Truffier's" © Kathy Dunham 2009