11. Truffles are pound-for-pound worth more than gold
In 2009, white Italian truffles cost $14,203.50 per kilo at Italian markets. To put that price in perspective, a kilo of gold costs $3,7488 at present. And, because truffles are getting harder to find in most of the world, the prices are trending upwards. To borrow the parlance of our times: mo’ money, mo’ problems.
12. Trafficking in truffles can mean dealing with criminals
Truffle foraging dogs are frequently stolen, and a few people have even been murdered over these fungi. “A lot of the truffles that end up in stores, or in chef’s hands, are harvested in an [illicit] way,” says McGee. The most common law breaking in the industry is harvesting truffles out of someone else’s land, which, when compared to murder, isn't so bad.