Truffles develop and ripen underground. They are usually found by dogs or pigs, specially trained to recognise the ripe fungi’s scent. Humans are less likely to detect them, but – as these avid truffle hunters show – they can sometimes sniff out the distinctive musky aroma when they are very close by. French folklore claims that virgin spinsters have a special talent for finding the precious fungi.
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