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The production of truffles has been in irreversible decline for a century, passing from 800 tons per year in 1900/1910 to less than 15 tons these last ten years (production in France). Since the 60s up till today, the quantity produced has been divided by 4 and the prices have risen by 4.5 times. From this linear tendance for the last century, we can deduce the rise and fall of production and thus the price from one year to the next. Due to the climate, this year, following a very dry summer notably in Italy, the production in Europe has been weaker than last years. This had caused a rise in prices that can only be attributed to the climate. 2. I buy my truffles (tuber melanosporum) from all the regions that produce it : France, Spain, or Italy in Europe, and meaningfully enough, from Australia that currently produces only very little truffle in comparison with Europe. 3. We have only very little time to retrace (4 years) to compare the quality of truffles harvested in Australia with those harvested in Europe. For the nonce, and according to what I can observe, there is no difference in quality. With regards to the European ones, the consistency of the quality of truffles from France, Spain and Italy is definitely recognised. We wonder, besides, why a political frontiere would have an influence over the quality of subterranean fungi ! A French truffle is not better than any other one. This does not reject the possibility that there might be differences from one year to the next according to the producer regions, because the climate can be more or less beneficial to the truffles (quality- and quantitywise). 4. There is little difference in market price between French truffles (tuber melanosporum) and those of other countries. It would be astonishing if in this epoch of the mobile telephone and the Internet we could still find big price differences between truffles produced in France, Spain and Italy. 5. In terms of quality, French truffles do not pose any particular problems for the chef, in fact it is quite the contrary. In terms of prices, the truffle societies do not always respond to the same logic. These prices can differ according to the rigour of the selection and also according to the presence in the shipment of other varieties of truffles. There might also be differences in weight for the boites de conserve of truffles : it is not uncommon to find on the market notably in the US, boites of 7 oz (200g), of drained net wt. 5 oz (140g) while other societies, notably in France, sell des conserves at drained net wt. 7 oz (200g). The 60g of truffles more or less have an impact on the price. (uncertain translation, marketing jargon) 6. Since the climate has a very important influence over the production of truffles, there is never the same quantity of truffles produced in each country from one year to the next. However, it is possible to establish the following grouping :

Spain and France are the countries that produce the most truffles followed by Italy. Australia does not currently produce enough truffles to be classified on the same level. The proportion could be done as follows : Spain : 45% France : 40% Italy : 15%

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