So, who needs digital currency when you have chocolate candies selling at nearly $1,000 per pound?
The scent of a black Périgord truffle is said to instill insatiable cravings in a foodie. The rare chocolate candy with an earthy aroma and a smooth texture is the crème de la crème among savvy gourmands. It is reported that just the slightest amount of this delicacy can transform the flavor of a dish tenfold.
A recent story by i09 reports that “Périgord is a black diamond among fungi.” It is so expensive due to its rarity, as it grows only on oak and hazelnut roots. A study published by the Journal of Proteome Research explains why culinary scientists do not understand this fungus well enough to farm it.
However, it is reported by io9 that a solution to reproduce this coveted fungus may be on the horizon. An excerpt from io9 story explains it (better than we could!).
….The researchers compared the proteins they'd found with a few synthetic compounds on the market that are used to imitate the Périgord scent, and found some similarities. But now, would-be truffle reverse-engineers have a lot more to go on if they want to craft the perfect replacement for Périgord oil, or even Périgords themselves.