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OfflineLSD_SNORTER6
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The Most expensive mushroom?
    #768689 - 07/22/02 08:32 PM (14 years, 7 months ago)

What is the most expensive mushroom to buy resturaunt/store/wherever


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Re: The Most expensive mushroom? [Re: LSD_SNORTER6]
    #768699 - 07/22/02 08:36 PM (14 years, 7 months ago)

I sell a mean portabeulo for $90 a gram


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Re: The Most expensive mushroom? [Re: LSD_SNORTER6]
    #768726 - 07/22/02 08:41 PM (14 years, 7 months ago)

Gold dipped truffles are the most expensive I know of.

But if you're looking to become a cultivator, some of the Japanese strains are worth cultivating on a small scale. Just about any mushroom is worth cultivating on a large scale -- it's big business and growing, unlike agriculture....

Even better if you're outside of the U.S.....Canadians and Europeans eat more mushrooms than Americans....and Europeans will eat just about anything you put on a plate

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Re: The Most expensive mushroom? [Re: LSD_SNORTER6]
    #1786633 - 08/06/03 11:15 PM (13 years, 6 months ago)

test :smile:


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Re: The Most expensive mushroom? [Re: prince_toadstool]
    #1786666 - 08/06/03 11:32 PM (13 years, 6 months ago)

Morel mushrooms are pretty damned expensive, too. Especially if you sell them in cities. I was reading an article about a restaurant in NYC that was paying $100/lb. of Morels.


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Re: The Most expensive mushroom? [Re: DiMiTriSouljah]
    #1800464 - 08/11/03 03:19 AM (13 years, 6 months ago)

French black truffles


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Re: The Most expensive mushroom? [Re: Millet]
    #1801097 - 08/11/03 11:05 AM (13 years, 6 months ago)

from everything2.com:

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What is a truffle?
A truffle is a type of tuber highly prized for its unique musky aroma and flavor. Strongly believed by many (including me) to be an aphrodisiac, the chemicals that make up the scent of the truffle is one of the holy grails of scent sythesis.

There are two main categories of truffles: white truffles (mainly Tuber Magnatum) and black truffles (mainly Tuber Melanosporum). White truffles are white, beige or light brown with a smooth skin. The white truffle is primarily found in the Piedmont region of Italy. White truffles are scarcer and have more flavor than black truffles. These truffles are primarily used raw and only shaved over the dish toward the end of preparation.

Black truffles on the other hand are dark brown or black, rounded, and covered with a polygonal textured skin. The black truffle is primarily found in France and Italy. It has a nutty, earthy flavor with a musky aroma. The black truffle is more frequently used in cooking than served raw.

Truffles are native mainly to temperate regions such as Italy and France; although they are found all over the world. Truffles flourish in open woodland in calcareous soil. They are saprophytes, usually associated with the roots of trees (mainly oak). Because truffles often occur at depths of up to about 30 centimeters (12 inches), they are very difficult to detect without the use of specially trained animals, usually pigs and dogs. In earlier times, virgin women were used to find truffles. In fact, there is a good book on the topic: Serve It Forth, by M.F.K. Fisher (North Point Press, 1989), has a wonderful account of "the last virgin woman truffle-hunter in all of France."

Truffles are much desired, associated with sex, and are rare: this makes them expensive. White truffles typically go for $150.00 for 100g while black truffles are a little cheaper at $110.00 for 100g; keep in mind these are for truffles preserved in oil. Very often fresh truffles can go for five to ten times this figure.

What can I make with some truffles?
I tried this recipe and found it to be simply awesome. Go to your local snooty market and buy two black-truffles (or failing that, order them online: google is your friend with this one). The smell and the flavor of truffles with be with you for days, but the memory will last far longer than that.

Eating this food with the opposite sex is highly recommended if romantic results are desired.




FETTUCCINE AI TARTUFFI NERI

You will need:

2 Tbls pureed black truffles
4 Tbls white truffle oil
2 Tbls extra virgin olive oil
2 Tbls unsalted butter
salt
fresh ground black pepper
12 ounces fresh fettuccine
Parmigianno-Reggiano cheese
chopped parsley
In a large mixing bowl add black truffles, white truffle oil, olive oil, butter, salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste. Stir all ingredients well.

In a pot of salted boiling water, cook fettuccine until al dente. Drain pasta and toss immediatly with the truffle sauce. Divide into two servings.

Using a pasta fork, Twist each portion into a heated serving bowl. Top with freshly shaved Parmigianno-Reggiano cheese and fresh chopped parsley.




sounds delicious!


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Edited by dookie (08/11/03 11:18 AM)


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Re: The Most expensive mushroom? [Re: Millet]
    #1812941 - 08/14/03 11:21 AM (13 years, 6 months ago)

italaian white truffles are WAY MORE EXPENSIVE :blush: 


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Re: The Most expensive mushroom? [Re: LSD_SNORTER6]
    #1817541 - 08/15/03 05:48 PM (13 years, 6 months ago)

although truffles (both black and the more prized white truffle from italy) are the most expensive fungus, they aren't really considered mushrooms. Fresh Porcini (especially here in the U.S.) are ridiculously expensive and rare, as are fresh morels and chanterelles. The japanese vareity such as maitake, are also pricey and not widely available.


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Re: The Most expensive mushroom? [Re: soochi]
    #1845506 - 08/24/03 03:45 PM (13 years, 5 months ago)

do truffles need a host to grow?


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Re: The Most expensive mushroom? [Re: Rastafari]
    #1845592 - 08/24/03 04:22 PM (13 years, 5 months ago)

They appear to have some sort of symbiotic relationship with some trees, especially oak. It has been tried to cultivate them, but today, truffels are still gathered by specialized truffel-hunters, more often than not assisted by specially trained pigs. No, I'm not joking. We're Europeans.


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Re: The Most expensive mushroom? [Re: koraks]
    #1847933 - 08/25/03 12:22 PM (13 years, 5 months ago)

I think that symbiotic relation is called mycorrizae (micorrizas in my language, forgive me if it?s not well written). There are some growers that sow seeds impregnated in truffle spores from a viable type of tree into pots until they show up. Then transfering them into larger pots until they become more suitable and resistant to other fungus. Afterwards they are transferred to their definitive location, only if the micorrizae did form. The soil must be sterilized and need to be from the surroundings of a well established truffle tree. The pot stages are done in greenhouses. Of course, you have to wait years til first truffles appear but you will have them forever.


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Re: The Most expensive mushroom? [Re: Semilanceata]
    #1847945 - 08/25/03 12:26 PM (13 years, 5 months ago)

I also wanted to let you know that many of the black truffles sold in France are Spanish. We produce 30 tons per year and most of it goes to the french market. Same happens with the italian olive oil.


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Re: The Most expensive mushroom? [Re: Semilanceata]
    #1856084 - 08/27/03 08:53 PM (13 years, 5 months ago)

lets say your cultivating some nice morels and some truffles and all that good stuff, and you want to find a resturant or a place to sell them? how would you go about doing so? whats a good tek for truffles?


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Re: The Most expensive mushroom? [Re: shroominsmurf]
    #1858533 - 08/28/03 12:14 PM (13 years, 5 months ago)

These type of exquisiteness are used in expensive restaurants like french/international. You shouldn?t have problems finding a wise restaurant chef that will buy your production. All depends if you live in a big city or in a small village. Usually in a big city there will be no problems to get rid of your good stuff.
The method or tek that did get the best results is the one described earlier in this post. There are others but are like playing lottery or going to a casino.


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Re: The Most expensive mushroom? [Re: LSD_SNORTER6]
    #1887915 - 09/06/03 07:24 AM (13 years, 5 months ago)

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LSD_SNORTER6 said:
What is the most expensive mushroom to buy resturaunt/store/wherever




i believe cordyceps rivals truffles for $$/lbs

they go from $2000-$3000 per 2 pounds


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Re: The Most expensive mushroom? [Re: ChromeCrow]
    #1887928 - 09/06/03 07:42 AM (13 years, 5 months ago)

more often than not assisted by specially trained pigs

dogs are the favourite now, as pigs like to eat truffles and once a pig is chomping down, its pretty hard to stop :smile:


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Re: The Most expensive mushroom? [Re: mikey_]
    #1887943 - 09/06/03 08:11 AM (13 years, 5 months ago)

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dogs are the favourite now




I read about the dogs a couple of months ago, but it appears it's a lot more difficult to train dogs to search truffles than pigs, that's why pigs are still the main animal used in finding truffles. However, what you said about the pigs eating the truffles is true, this is a big problem in the truffle-searching business. Think you got some truffles, aided by ol' faithful Porky, Porky decides to feast on them :smile: Try to stop a 400lbs pig from consuming its well-deserved lunch, eh? :laugh:


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Re: The Most expensive mushroom? [Re: koraks]
    #1893552 - 09/08/03 11:40 AM (13 years, 5 months ago)

Of course it?s more difficult to train a dog than a pig. The reason why: you don?t need to train the pig cause truffles as well as other tuber are their favourite meal. A pig is trained to not eat the truffle it finds. Wild pigs are one of the most important enemies of truffle hunters in my country. That?s why pigs have the mouth that way because they love to scrape all around. Probably truffles were discovered long ago by humans watching wild pigs eating around the trees.The reason for using dogs is that they don?t eat the truffles and don?t destroy the micorrizae.


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Re: The Most expensive mushroom? [Re: Semilanceata]
    #1893597 - 09/08/03 12:00 PM (13 years, 5 months ago)

Clear explanation Semilanceata. Thanks. :smile:


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