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history of truffles

History

The truffle has a long history which dates back to the legends and texts of the ancient civilizations of Egypt, Rome, and Greece. However, it was during the late 17th century in France that the truffles gained real prominence as a royalty ingredient in gourmet cooking. The truffles, during that time, were so expensive that only the nobles were able to afford them. 

The truffle remained popular in the 18th century and farmers enjoyed bountiful harvests of truffles until the onslaught of the Industrial revolution in the 19th century. The advent of the Industrial revolution required truffle woodlands to be cleared away for the construction of industrial plants in France. Since then, truffle production has decreased to a staggering degree. 

It was only during the 1970s and 1980s that efforts were seriously made to address the low truffle production when various efforts were made to study how to successfully cultivate truffles. Today, there has been a significant increase in truffle production. Although, there is a current unresolved dispute among truffle producers since some of farmers don't want to increase the volume of truffle production to maintain the steep prices of these mushrooms. 

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