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Left: Roussillon’s magnificent red cliffs : Combine a truffle hunt with easy day trips around picturesque Provence. Right: A truffle hunter and his loyal companion.

Left: Asti truffle hunter and trattoria owner Sandrino’s prized truffles have graced the tables of HRH Prince Charles. Right: The secretive traders of Richerenches. Hard cash only.

A prized white truffle at the Alba truffle market.

In key touristy cities such as Florence and Milan, a fresh white truffle first course costs up to 65 euros.

On The Trail Of White Gold

The hunt for the prized white truffle is shrouded in secrecy and gastronomic thrills
11/01/2019 - 05:50

THE HUNTER WORKS alone - in the dead of night, armed with a cloak and a faint light, and a dog as his guide. When his four-legged companion starts digging, he jumps into action, flipping the cloak to cover both light and hole to avoid detection.

Rule number one for truffle hunters: never

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