Truffles are one the great foods which, have always been hunted and prized by the World's gourmets and chefs.
Their production has dropped dramatically over the last century, whilst demand for them has continued to rise exponentially.
Truffles are simply fungus (tuber style mushrooms) that co-exist and grow on the roots of certain tree species.
Recent scientific developments have seen much rigour and consistency brought to the art and this shows benefits in quality and increased plantation production.
France is regarded as one of the great countries where truffles have been sourced since ancient times.
Southern France has the world's largest number of plantations, with land and climatic conditions perfect for truffle growth.