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Searching for White Gold in Libya

Oil isn’t the only treasure hidden beneath the desert sands in Libya. White truffles found there are prized in kitchens in the Gulf states.

The fungus known locally as “Terfas” is the only thing, besides some wild grass, that grows under the desert sands nurtured by the combined effect of rain and cold temperatures at night.

Over the past few years the price per kilo of white truffles tripled to 130 dinars ($33)

They have been consumed since Roman times for their delicate taste as well as their nutritious and medical properties, and are sold to Gulf countries as a luxury food item.

Article Courtesy: AFP

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