Rare White Truffle Found in Smolyan Region

Rare White Truffle Found in Smolyan Region

Smolyan, Southern Bulgaria, November 17 (BTA) – A white truffle weighing 0.672 kg was found in the upper reaches of the Arda River in the southern Smolyan region. The Rhodopi area is known to produce black truffles but a white truffle is a real rarity.
White truffles are the most valuable on the market and their price is known to fetch tens of thousands of euro per kilo.
Denislav Ilchev of the village of Smilyan says he found the truffle by chance. Truffle traders have confirmed the find to be a white truffle but to be sure that this is the variety which is of commercial interest, Ilchev needs to make laboratory tests.
The crop of black truffles was plentiful this year, says mushroom trader Slavcho Madanski.
Traders currently pay some 90 euro per kilo of prime quality of autumn black truffles.The purchase price plumetted to 35-40 euro due to hefty supply during the summer months when one truffle purchase shop alone bought 2 tonnes in three weeks.
The truffles are mostly exported to Italy, France, Germany, Spain, the Netherlands and Belgium.
Denislav Ilchev has kept a secret the place where he found the white truffle. He says that truffle hunting has become and obsession for many people, not unlike treasure hunting, and nature is being overexploited.