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Hungary unearths its largest ever truffle

Wednesday, August 20, 2014 - 01:30

The biggest truffle ever to be found in Hungary is discovered in an oak forest east of Budapest. Tara Cleary reports.

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They can cost more than to $250 U.S. dollars per pound, but chef Fausto Di Vora of Fausto's restaurant in Budapest, says you can't beat the taste of truffles. SOUNDBITE: Fausto Di Vora, chef at Fausto's saying (Hungarian): "It changes all the time, depending on whether it is a black or a white truffle, but it also varies by season. The other thing is that it has a very special flavor, which you either love or hate." And this whopping 1.28-kilogram or almost 3-pound truffle was recently unearthed - the largest of its kind found in Hungary to date. It was dug up in this forest where Istvan Bagi and his labrador, Mokka are searching for the coveted fungus. "Truffleminers", the company Bagi jointly owns, rents 300 hectares of woodland where they hunt for truffles from mid-June until December. SOUNDBITE: Istvan Bagi, truffle hunter, saying (Hungarian): "We estimate that in a year we get about 30 to 40 tons of truffles in this area, of which our company handles some. In these woods, three to four truffle collectors work every day and they pick about four to six kilos [8 to 13 lbs] a day." And as most Hungarian truffles are exported, next time you savor the "diamond of the kitchen" it might just be one found by Bagi.

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Hungary unearths its largest ever truffle

Wednesday, August 20, 2014 - 01:30