Due to heavy rain in Northern Italy, 2016 looks set to be a bumper year for highly prized Alba truffles, meaning prices for the pungent fungi have plummeted by up to 30%.
As Bloomberg reports, 100 euros now buys you roughly 72g of the white truffle, compared to 52g in 2015. The season usually runs from November to January, but started early, in September this year due to the wet weather. A similar bumper crop was harvested back in 2014.
In 2015 we met Livio, a truffle hunter in Northern Italy, who told us five kilos is a good haul for him – we wonder how he’s doing this year?
If you are in the market to pick up a few grams of these umami bombs then be aware that the world’s biggest white truffle market, Tartufo, is currently underway in Alba – check out these five top tips for picking the best white truffle.
Also, why not try this delicious recipe for tajarin with white truffle, a Piedmontese speciality if you’re lucky enough to get your hands on some?