Rare black truffles uncovered in central Moravia
The truffle, often referred to as the king of all fungi, has long been considered one of the world’s finest delicacies - found in five-star restaurants around the world. In the Czech Republic the edible fungus is extremely rare, but that is changing. The reason is due changes in temperature and humidity: just recently samples of the rare fungus were uncovered in Moravia.
“We have seen perfect conditions: warm temperatures and humidity perfect for summer truffles. Without question, they are very rare in the Czech Republic, found before in only very few areas. About a month ago I found my first sample. In a way it was unbelievable. People searched for truffles in the area for years without any luck.”
In the Czech Republic the tuber is so rare it is protected by law: uprooting truffles can land offenders heavier fines. One thing is certain: Jiří Polčák’s discovery won’t make it onto any dining room tables. Still, the specialist says he has no regrets.
“They are among the world’s most sought-after delicacies and it’s true that truffles are incomparable to any mushroom. But I myself am perfectly happy just to have made the find. It may be the northern-most find in Europe. I’m happy just to be able to photograph samples and to see them grow. I don’t need to eat them”