Monday, November 15, 2010

White in fungi

White truffles are found almost exclusively in the hills of the Piedmont region in Italy (sigh) where specially trained pigs and dogs sniff out these buried treasures. In a recent issue of TIME magazine Josh Ozersky describes the unique aroma of white truffles as:

     “A combination of newly plowed soil, fall rain and the
           pungent memory of lost youth and past love affairs.”

Oh my.

I've never experienced a truffle but after this description poetry I'm not sure I need to taste one. But I most certainly do need to smell one.

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