Taiwan eyeing commercial production of indigenous white truffles

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2019/03/05
By: Yang Su-min and Chung Yu-chen

Taipei, March 5 (CNA) Taiwan is seeking to develop a new technique for commercial growing of an

Photo courtesy of Taiwan Forestry Research Institute

indigenous species of white truffle called “Tuber elevatireticulatum,” the Taiwan Forestry Research Institute (TFRI) announced Tuesday.

According to Fu Chun-hsu (傅春旭), an associate research fellow at the institute, it will take two years to complete the study on the artificial production techniques for the truffles.

The study will be conducted in both the laboratory and the field, Fu said, adding that hopefully, commercial production of the highly sought-after commodity can be launched in 10 years.

The market price of white truffles, most of which are imported, is more than NT$600,000 (US$19,453) per kilogram, the TFRI said.    [FULL  STORY]

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