Photos of how white truffles go from the forest to the restaurant table

Foodies, restauranteurs, mushroom lovers – this one’s for you. Business Insider has taken us on a whirlwind photo tour of how the very precious white truffle goes from Italian countryside to Michelin-starred restaurant. Found in the damp forests of the Langhe, a ‘hilly area in the southern part of Italy’s northwestern Piedmont region,’ the small town of Alba is considered to be the capital of Italian white truffles.

Dogs are trained from birth to detect the smell of truffles, which ‘give off a distinctive smell for a limited amount of time.’ The truffles are found below the ground, usually between two to eight inches, near roots of trees. Once truffles have been found, some of them end up at the World White Truffle Auction, where, in 2013, two truffles weighing 2.09 pounds sold for $120,000 to a buyer from Hong Kong.

Via Business Insider

A dog helps on the white truffle hunt
A white truffle auction where customers pay top dollar for the fungus
A white truffle that was bought for $120,000 by a Hong Kong buyer
A Michelin-starred restaurant adds white truffle to a dish in the kitchen

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