At times more expensive than gold, this not-so-attractive fungus is a tasty treat in many dishes. Besides having a great taste, one factor contributing to the truffle’s high price is its scarcity. And at a high price indeed, In one extreme case a two pound truffle sold for $330,000! This nugget of fungus is typically found next to trees buried underground that are in a specific type of soil only found in a few scattered locations, such as in Italy. Dogs are also commonly used to sniff out these buried truffle treasures.
: Jacobs, Ryan. "The Dark Side of the Truffle Trade." The Atlantic. January 15, 2014. Accessed April 25, 2016. http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2014/01/the-dark-side-of-the-truffle-trade/283073/.
: "Truffles: The Most Expensive Food in the World." CBSNews. June 4, 2012. Accessed April 25, 2016. http://www.cbsnews.com/news/truffles-the-most-expensive-food-in-the-world/.