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Why 2016 is the Year to Buy White Truffles

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Why 2016 is the Year to Buy White Truffles
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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?

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    Hi all, I just want to askl if someone ever tried using shrooms or truffles for medical purposes? I was reading some articles about this magic truffles and shrooms before engaging my self for the first time. Like this one from .They say that it has a very potent effect on the brain and hallucination. Unlike marijuana does it have any medical use? In one article that I've read magic truffles or shrooms are use on reducing the symtoms of obsessive-conpulsive disorder and anxiety. It can also help people to quit smoking and alcohol addiction. Some studies also suggest the property of magic shrooms/truffles can be useful for cancer patients. I would really want to hear other insights regarding this new possible alternative meds. Thanks

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