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Week 15
Year 2016
Elegant Sunburst Lichen (Xanthoria elegans) by Björn S...
Image Credit: "White Truffle" by Mortazavifar © CC BY-SA 4.0

At times more expensive than gold, this not-so-attractive fungus is a tasty treat in many dishes.[1] 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.[2]

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[1]: Jacobs, Ryan. "The Dark Side of the Truffle Trade." The Atlantic. January 15, 2014. Accessed April 25, 2016.

[2]: "Truffles: The Most Expensive Food in the World." CBSNews. June 4, 2012. Accessed April 25, 2016.