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First Truffle Museum No Trifle
    #3350485 - 11/12/04 09:31 AM (13 years, 8 days ago)


First Truffle Museum No Trifle

Thu Nov 11,11:55 AM ET

By Shasta Darlington

ROME (Reuters) - Italy's warty white truffles, once aphrodisiacs for the ancient Romans and now the most expensive funghi in the world, are finally getting their own museum.

The tiny Tuscan village of San Giovanni d'Asso, one of the main producers of the "white diamonds of Italy," will throw open its doors on Italy's first truffle museum on Saturday.

"It's going to be more than a museum, it's going to be an assault on the senses," said Enzo Francini, head of finances for the medieval town of 950 people.

A pharmacist, a botanist and a chef were called in to help create the museum in a 13th century castle where exhibitions, videos and interactive programs will explain the history of the prized fungus and recreate the modern-day hunt for it.

But creators are most proud of the "odorama" exhibition which will allow visitors to drink in the heady aromas of dozens of different kinds of truffles.

"There's a reason they're considered aphrodisiacs," Francini said. "They're not exactly viagra, but our chemical tests showed that the smell has a tranquilizing effect which puts people in the mood for love."

Truffles are a lumpy fungus that form on tree roots and are harvested with the aid of truffle dogs or female pigs. Italy's white truffles are much rarer and more valuable than the black truffles of France.

Earlier this week, an Italian truffle weighing in at over one kilo (2.2 pounds) set a new international record, fetching $41,000 from a New York restaurateur in a heated auction. Most truffles are a fraction of that size.

Chefs around the globe use slices or shavings of the delicacy to enhance dishes, but the museum will not only highlight fancy recipes, it will trace the tuber's history in Italian and ancient Roman home-cooking.

"They're more than a just a gourmet accessory for us, they're a part of our culture," Francini said.

Indeed, hunting truffles can be a cut-throat venture in Italy, where truffle dogs -- preferred to pigs since they don't eat the prey -- are worth thousands of euros themselves.

In one case of extreme competition a few years back, 12 truffle dogs were mysteriously poisoned in the middle of high hunting season, which lasts from September to January.


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Re: First Truffle Museum No Trifle [Re: Lana]
    #3354298 - 11/13/04 02:17 AM (13 years, 7 days ago)

truffle dogs, never heard of those before :dog:


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Re: First Truffle Museum No Trifle [Re: Lana]
    #3357056 - 11/13/04 08:35 PM (13 years, 7 days ago)

Why would someone poison a dog just to get a truffle?

That's pathetic :nonono:


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Re: First Truffle Museum No Trifle [Re: theocean06]
    #3357211 - 11/13/04 09:15 PM (13 years, 7 days ago)

I'd poison a stray cat if it was necessary to get some cyanescens :devil:


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Re: First Truffle Museum No Trifle [Re: Super_Blunt]
    #3377744 - 11/18/04 06:50 AM (13 years, 2 days ago)

Somebody had better start training cubenesis dogs!  :grin:

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