06 Nov '11, 8am

Threat to truffles in China leaves bad taste

Threat to truffles in China leaves bad taste

A villager from Gaoshitou hunts for truffles with an iron hoe. The soil has been dug so many times that the roots of some pine trees, which are part of the reproduction process, are exposed. -- PHOTO: CHINA DAILY (CHINA DAILY/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Truffles are called the 'king of fungi' for good reason. Aficionados pay a king's ransom for these underground mushrooms that resemble stones in appearance. Specialty markets in Europe open in December or January, when the truffles are mature. Thousands of fans and sellers gather to trade, with prices averaging US$2,000 to US$3,000 (S$2,531 to S$3,796) a kg. These gourmets may be at risk of indigestion if they knew that on the other side of the world, in China, truffles sell for less than US$100 a kilo and markets open five months earlier. Chinese farmers are satisfied with the relatively pitiful sums, a fortune when set against t...

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