|First it was planned to bury the truffle in the garden of chief cook
of the restaurant that bought it.
The most expensive truffle in the world bought at an auction for more
than 50 thousand dollars is returning to Italy uneaten.
The record truffle was found last month by a specially trained dog in
the mountains close to Pisa. It was sold during an international
charity TV auction with the participation of rich men of London, Los
Angeles, New York and Florence. Finally the truffle was auctioned off
for a record high price. Later it was delivered to London and
exhibited as a museum showpiece for public observation in the
restaurant that bought it.
This white truffle weighs 850 grams. It is an underground mushroom of
an extremely rare kind, which is a delicacy loved by gourmets. This
time of the year it can be found in many regions of Italy.
For a whole week Enzo Cassini - manager of the restaurant - refused to
cut it, taking into account the huge interest of the public to the
truffle that has beaten all records.
As one might expect, the fatal thing happened. The most expensive in
the world truffle started to spoil. Finally it got rotten and became
uneatable. When Florence mushroom experts have heard about the plight
of their most precious truffle, they asked to return it and arranged
an official ceremony of farewell.
They decided to bury it, with the hope that next year the rotten
mushroom will give birth to a new monster truffle.