Mainly in seasons like this one, when there’s no truffle in our forests, should be when chinese “rub their hands”.
It will be interesting to see how many tons of chinese truffles will be exported and at what prices. Probably more than 1.000 tons!
In the picture you can see clean Tuber indicum, grade 3-4cm, that I saw today in the central market in Barcelona, and their price was quite above the 20€/kg you paid a few years ago. This box with blue ice belong to a pallet with 600kgs!
In the other picture there are a couple of Tuber indicum, the one in the bottom is a ripe truffle with an weak aroma, and above an immature truffle with no spores inside. Note that most of these truffles are still harvested racking the soil, with no trained dogs at all.
I think there’s market for all these qualities and origins, like wines. But they should come with the right label and the costumer, maybe you, who is gonna eat them, should know What are you eating and so How much are you willing to pay.
All the best,
Marcos S. Morcillo