With the climate changing, the truffle, this dainty of Italian and French cuisine, is gradually migrating northward. Its habitat has already moved about 100 km north of France.
Last year on an expedition in the south of Germany, using specially trained for truffles Italian dogs, climatologists from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich found two kilos of Burgundy truffles.
It can turn out a profitable business for the countries in the north of Europe, for these warty mushrooms possess a highly palatable taste. They are used to flavor pasta, sausage, pates, and omelets.
Their price can come up to €1,000, or $1,432, for one mushroom. In November 2010 two white truffles weighing about 1,3 kg were auctioned off in Macao for $330,000.