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A shave of truffle over linguini, or a drizzle of truffle oil on dumplings—nothing is as expensive or as indulgent as these fungi. Most chefs would consider them prized treasures in their arsenal. In Italy, hunting for truffles is highly coveted and a major tourist activity. With the world under lockdown and international borders shut, their demand has reduced by almost 50 percent, especially in the Tuscany region. But that might not be a bad thing. Lesser demand means lesser hunts, leaving more of these nugget-sized wonders to thrive. the lack of tourists helps too, as the truffles are enjoying a much-needed break to grow and reflourish.
According to experts, the reduced carbon emissions are also helping the surrounding trees like hazel, oak, pine and birch with whom truffles share a symbiotic relationship. A small silver lining, perhaps.
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