One big piece of fungus!

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One big piece of fungus!

Postby John Q. Public » Mon Jun 28, 2010 9:11 pm

Romanians bring gifts when they come to visit. This is the gift the Foreign Babe's mom brought me Friday. I'll never be able to match it.

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It's a white truffle that a friend of hers found and she decided I'd like it. I do.

Weight: 8 oz.
Market value: $500 - $1000. Maybe more, since it's all one piece.
Length of time it will take me to use all of it if I put it in everything I eat including my morning cereal, my coffee, chili, burgers, nachos, etc.: The rest of my life.

I'm flabbergasted.


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Re: One big piece of fungus!

Postby GOODave » Tue Jun 29, 2010 4:40 am

You'll just have to truffle along until it's finished.

So how does one store something that big?

does it cure anything if taken in that size a dose? Give me a hint: Is this something Bob Dole might have experimented with?

Does it taste like chicken?

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Re: One big piece of fungus!

Postby RedFlag » Tue Jun 29, 2010 6:25 am

How'd they get that thing past TSA (Thousands Standing Around). Can't bring a small bottle of shampoo or mouthwash in your luggage but you can get fungus through?

:shrug:

That's alot of fungus
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Re: One big piece of fungus!

Postby SoMelo » Tue Jun 29, 2010 6:36 am

[font=Comic Sans MS]The resemblance is uncanny [/font]
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Re: One big piece of fungus!

Postby John Q. Public » Tue Jun 29, 2010 7:51 am

GOODave wrote:You'll just have to truffle along until it's finished.

So how does one store something that big?

does it cure anything if taken in that size a dose? Give me a hint: Is this something Bob Dole might have experimented with?

Does it taste like chicken?

Nope. It tastes like truffle. There's really nothing to compare it to. You can find truffle oil in some stores and Trader Joe's has a good truffle cheese, but otherwise, you'll only see it in very high end restaurants.

We're freezing it for now but we'll probably end up giving some to friends. It's way more than we can use. You use it like a spice, so try to picture a nutmeg seed that size and you'll get an indication of how much it is.
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Re: One big piece of fungus!

Postby RPW » Tue Jun 29, 2010 7:56 am

John Q. Public wrote:Romanians bring gifts when they come to visit. This is the gift the Foreign Babe's mom brought me Friday. I'll never be able to match it.

Truffle.jpg

It's a white truffle that a friend of hers found and she decided I'd like it. I do.

Weight: 8 oz.
Market value: $500 - $1000. Maybe more, since it's all one piece.
Length of time it will take me to use all of it if I put it in everything I eat including my morning cereal, my coffee, chili, burgers, nachos, etc.: The rest of my life.

I'm flabbergasted.


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Re: One big piece of fungus!

Postby John Q. Public » Tue Jun 29, 2010 8:01 am

RedFlag wrote:How'd they get that thing past TSA (Thousands Standing Around). Can't bring a small bottle of shampoo or mouthwash in your luggage but you can get fungus through?

:shrug:

Don't ask, I guess.

The FB did get scolded once for having some undeclared cheese in her bag. But the Customs lady put it back and told her to never come through her line again. I guess she didn't see it as a threat. Not like the girl I saw a couple years ago with hunting arrows strapped to the outside of her carry-on. :??
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Re: One big piece of fungus!

Postby John Q. Public » Tue Jun 29, 2010 8:03 am

RPW wrote:Ahmed from Yard Crashers on DIY Network could help those bare spots in your grass.

Dog damage. What can I say?
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Re: One big piece of fungus!

Postby GOODave » Tue Jun 29, 2010 8:04 am

SoMelo wrote:[font=Comic Sans MS]The resemblance is uncanny [/font]



HEY, I dated her once.

OH WAIT ... no, that's prob'ly not her come to think of it.

That IS way too funny, though, 'Melo.

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Re: One big piece of fungus!

Postby Parrotpaul » Tue Jun 29, 2010 4:25 pm

[center]JACKPOT!!!!!!, GOLD! GOLD! GOLD! SHE'S A GUSHER!!!![/center]

The WHITE TRUFFLE or Alba madonna (Tuber magnatum) comes from the Langhe area of the Piedmont region in northern Italy and, most famously, in the countryside around the city of Alba. It is also found in Croatia, on the Istria peninsula in the Motovun forest alongside Mirna river.[7] Growing symbiotically with oak, hazel, poplar and beech and fruiting in autumn, they can reach 12 cm diameter and 500 g, though are usually much smaller. The flesh is pale cream or brown with white marbling.[8] Like the French black truffles, Italian white truffles are very highly esteemed (illustration, left). The white truffle market in Alba is busiest in the months of October and November, where a 1.6-pound white truffle sold for $150,000 on Nov. 8, 2009 during the 79th White Truffle Festival. In 2001, the Tuber magnatum truffles sold for between $1,000 and $2,200 US per pound[9]; as of December 2009 they were being sold at 10,200€ per kilogram.[10]

Giancarlo Zigante and his dog Diana found one of the largest truffles in the world near Buje, Croatia. The truffle weighed 1.31 kilograms (2 lb 14 oz) and has entered the Guinness Book of Records.

The record price paid for a single white truffle was set in December 2007, when Macau casino owner Stanley Ho paid US$330,000 (£165,000) for a specimen weighing 1.5 kilograms (3.3 lb), discovered by Luciano Savini and his dog Rocco. One of the largest truffles found in decades, it was unearthed near Pisa and sold at an auction held simultaneously in Macau, Hong Kong and Florence.[11]

The Tuber magnatum pico white truffle is found mostly in northern and central Italy, while the Tuber borchi, or whitish truffle, is found in Tuscany, Romagna, the Marche and Molise. Neither of these is as aromatic as those from Piedmont.[8]
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Re: One big piece of fungus!

Postby John Q. Public » Tue Jun 29, 2010 10:28 pm

Parrotpaul wrote:[center]JACKPOT!!!!!!, GOLD! GOLD! GOLD! SHE'S A GUSHER!!!![/center]


Yeah, except this is the lesser quality, "Tuber borchi, or whitish truffle... found in Tuscany, Romagna, the Marche and Molise. Neither of these is as aromatic as those from Piedmont."

I don't know why they used that spelling, but YEESH! I don't know how much more "aromatic" the thing could be without getting my neighbors' dogs excited. When I take it out of the jar, even I can smell it from the next room.

Off to Ebay! :wink:
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Re: One big piece of fungus!

Postby John Q. Public » Sat Dec 06, 2014 12:06 pm

Shoulda sold that sucker!

Record 4.16-pound truffle sells for $61,250 in NYC

NEW YORK (AP) — A record-setting 4.16-pound white truffle has sold for $61,250 at a New York City auction.

Sotheby's says the fungus was sold Saturday to a food and wine lover from Taiwan bidding by phone.

The truffle was found last week in Umbria, Italy, by Sabatino Truffles.

The firm had said it turned down million-dollar offers from buyers in China. Instead, it chose to auction the truffle in New York to benefit Citymeals-on-Wheels and the Children's Glaucoma Foundation.


Sez it's almost as big as a football.

Yeah, we still have about 3/4 of ours. A little goes a long way.
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Re: One big piece of fungus!

Postby Parrotpaul » Sat Dec 06, 2014 1:02 pm

You could probably peddle it to some local top shelf upscale restaurant...trade it out for a bunch of gratis meals for you and the foreign babe.
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