15 Reasons Why Truffle Prices
Are So Expensive
What are truffles?
Truffles are underground fungus and are known to be one of the most expensive foods in the world. Let’s look into some of the reasons why they're so expensive.
They’re Very Difficult to Grow
There has to be the proper soil conditions, the right trees, and they need constant irrigation.
They Take a Long Time to Grow
It could take 5-10 years to have a successful harvest.
They Need to be Hunted
They can only be found by 'truffle hunters', which are mostly specially-trained dogs.
They’re Hard to Protect
Unlike most fruits and vegetables, they lack any kind of protection and are subject to many environmental conditions.
They Can Grow in Areas that are Difficult to Access
Truffles like to grow in dark and cool places. This means truffle hunters are hiking around a dark and wet wooden area.
They’re Hard to Find
Hunting for them takes a lot of time and patience and is only becoming more difficult as more hunters come into the fold.
They Require a Little Bit of Luck
Hunters have found truffles in an area they'd checked every day for weeks prior. It’s needing to be in the right place at the right time.
They’re Only in Season for a Short Amount of Time
They typically only grow from Sept-Jan. It's because of their rarity that some countries make it illegal to hunt outside of truffle season.
They shrink approximately 5% each day since the moment they’re found.
Their Fragrance Only Lasts About 7 Days
Their fragrance has a shelf life of about 7 days. This is why a lot of people make an oil or salt, since it has to be used quickly.
They Need to Be Shipped – Fast
Distributors aim to have their truffles delivered within 36 hours. This means more money for the expedited transit, and packaging.
They’re Affected by Loss of Woodland
Many European truffle areas are clearing woodlands to make room for cities. This loss of woodland has already started to impact the truffle industry.
They're Affected by Climate Change
Truffles will perish if they go more than 3 weeks without water, which is concerning with global warming.
Their Flavor is Unmatched
The flavor and the fragrance is unlike anything in this world, which is why people are willing to pay a pretty penny for it.
Supply and Demand
Currently, only 65% of the truffle demand is met, meaning people are paying a premium, which is driving up the prices.
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