Chile leads South America's black truffle production

The Chilean black truffle, a mushroom that is highly appreciated in international cuisine and that can cost up to 700 dollars per kilo (500,000 Chilean pesos), which is why it is known as 'black gold', grows between the regions of Maule and Ñuble, in the south of the country.

Chile produces nearly 1,200 kilos of black truffles a year, making it the leading producer in South America. Black truffles are exported to countries such as France, Italy, Japan, and England. However, truffle sales fell by as much as 50% during the months of the pandemic.

Black truffles grow underground and finding them takes time. That's why producers of this fungus train dogs to find them.



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