Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Behold the $200,000 Fungus

I'll admit I'm kind of fascinated by fungi. Neither plant nor animal, they can be delicious, disgusting, or downright deadly. (Some species are even rather pretty.) But the fungus that's always interested me the most is the truffle.

Though they often resemble deformed potatoes, truffles are one of the world's most sought after delicacies. A few thin slices can turn an average meal into a gourmet experience. (And add several zeros to your bill.) But high-quality truffles are difficult to find. They grow underground near the roots of deciduous trees. And anyone who intends to gather them must first seek assistance from the animal community.

Traditionally, truffle hunters have relied on pigs to sniff out the fungi. But pigs have an unfortunate habit of gobbling up all the truffles they find. So many have turned to dogs, which aren't always as effective as truffle hogs but show far more self-discipline.

In fact a dog named Rocco was responsible for sniffing out the enormous truffle shown above--one of the biggest discovered in more than half a century. It was more than two and a half feet underground, near oak tree outside of Pisa, Italy. It's expected to sell for more than $200,000. I just hope Rocco gets his cut of the profits.

Read more here.

(Below: A truffle hunt in progress.)


Anonymous ginnyweasley007 said...

ewwwwwww sorry but ewwwww ! sing like no one can hear you and live life to the fullest (:{0 mustache man!

10:14 PM  
Anonymous Alexxis said...

geez people just take something gross and call it a delicacy (foie gras or escargot, anyone?)
you could seriously buy a house for as much money as that piece of fungus.

10:56 PM  
Blogger Spring said...

I wish I could find one, then sell it and have money! LOL... Why EAT it? (Though I kinda would like to TRY it.)

9:43 AM  
Anonymous Maddi said...

i wonder how you train a dog to smell out fungi...

10:11 AM  
Anonymous Nellie said...

It looks like a rock.
Oh look, a fungus. Yum! *bites into it. (cracking noises)* Oops, it WAS a rock. I couldn't tell the difference!

12:43 PM  
Anonymous ananka said...

Hi Nellie,

Does your house still smell like plastic?

12:44 PM  
Anonymous theatre said...

wow. wow. words fail me at the moment.

1:09 PM  
Anonymous Nellie said...

Nope, not anymore. (yay) But actually the smoke damage was just soot on the wall that comes of with a wet sponge.(yay again)

3:38 PM  
Anonymous Hazel said...

I LOVE those red-and-white-spotted mushrooms! To look at, I mean.

5:01 PM  
Anonymous kiki strike's twin said...

i woulnd't eat it but i would sell it for some cash then use the cash to buy another bookcase for my room so i'll have four and hopefully enough to hold all my books!

6:13 PM  
Anonymous Hazel said...

Hey, I need help. Does anyone know where I can buy Kevlar fabric for less than $25 a yard? If not, I won't be crushed, because I've never actually NEEDED a bullet-proof outfit, but it would be cool.

6:40 PM  
Blogger Ariana said...

I agree with Hazel, I love to look at pretty mushrooms, but hate eating ANY kind of mushroom.

6:45 PM  
Anonymous udon't need2knowmyname said...

Ananka, you didn't answer! Can we PPPPPPPPPPPretty PPLLLLLLLLEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEZZZZZZZZZZZZ with a big juicy cherry on top have a KIKI Convention? WE WANT TO MEET YOU AND EACH OTHER!

7:30 PM  
Anonymous Kriteer (Kurosignal) said...

Hehehe, I am VERY interested in plants, including fungi. The Amanita looks like the mushroom from Mario... anyways, that is one big potat-er...truffle. They are the strangest mushrooms...

9:59 PM  
Anonymous udon't need2knowmyname said...


9:51 AM  
Anonymous Ooh..LOOKY I HAVE A NICKNANE!!! said...

The people on the "Board for Changing the way the Comment Wall is Worded, and Confusing ME" has changed the "other" thingy. It is now your "nickname".

Just thought that yall should know.


3:04 PM  
Anonymous Nellie said...


3:04 PM  
Anonymous Ananka said...

A convention? That sounds like a fabulous idea to me. But where would we all meet? Do you ever come to New York?

3:25 PM  
Anonymous rage mirror said...

I live in The-middle-of-nowhere, but air and missed school couldn't be much of a problem!

6:18 PM  
Blogger Spring said...

I wouldn't be able to come to New York. Noooo!

6:44 PM  
Anonymous ananka said...

Hey Hazel,

Check this out . . .

7:38 PM  
Anonymous ananka said...

International Mastermind--how's the ankle doing?

7:52 PM  
Blogger International Mastermind said...

It is okay, i am off of my heavy meds.

No NYC for me either. What about a KS world tour?

2:11 PM  
Anonymous ginnyweasley007 said...

iM (international master mind) the idea if a kiki strike tour would be soooooo awsome, ananka, could you and kirsten miller please (pretty pretty ) pwease make
a cool tour thinga mabob! 2laz2us rel wordz

8:47 PM  
Anonymous kitty said...

WOw, kinda like Taiwan. Since my dad is Taiwanese, I sometimes visit Taiwan. Their food is really (how should I put it??) interesting. They eat alot of gross food in there, well, so does China. >.< But that fungus thing is HUGE!! I wonder how they dug it up?? (maybe I should try to train my birds to find that, "A fungas finding bird"Ooo that would be cool) Oh yeah, I found this code breaking thingy online and I think it's pretty cool, you gotta see it:

I got it from the FBI, if thats okay. o^-^o

10:55 AM  
Anonymous muffins4 said...

I don't even like mushrooms, so I wouldn't even want to pat $1.

1:44 PM  

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