Truffles are most commonly found in Europe. White truffles are primarily cultivated in Italy, while black truffles are harvested in France. Truffles also grow in Asia, North Africa and North America.
Truffles are prized by the culinary world as a delicacy. They are considered to be difficult to grow and cultivate in their own habitat. Pigs and dogs have been used historically to locate these mushrooms growing alongside tree roots in the wild.
Truffles are expensive because they are difficult to obtain. White and black truffles are the most common varieties used by chefs. In general, truffles have a pungent taste and are used sparingly in culinary creations.