Big Shots Drool Over Giant Truffle

By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 28, 2008 3:42 PM CST
Big Shots Drool Over Giant Truffle
A truffle hunter with another massive specimen found last year.   (AP Photo)

If you want white truffle shavings sprinkled over your Thanksgiving leftovers, the biggest specimen found in Italy this year is up for auction tomorrow. You'll need some big bucks—and perhaps the moxie to outbid David and Victoria Beckham. The delectable fungus weighs about 2½ pounds and is expected to spark a bidding war, ANSA reports.

The auction will be conducted by satellite, with bidders in Rome, Abu Dhabi, Macao, and London. Organizers hope to raise the truffle-production profile of the tiny Molise region, where this specimen was unearthed. "The fact that there are truffles, and ones of excellent quality, in Molise will be news to many consumers," said a rep. (More Italy stories.)

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