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Zuma flies in largest truffle worth Dhs52,000

Dubai’s uber-chic Japanese restaurant, Zuma, has sourced the largest truffle to be imported to the UAE with a weight of 349g, according to an article published in Hotelier Middle East. The Dhs52,350 truffle was brought in all the way from Alba in Northern Italy and will now be served in the restaurant’s dishes that feature the sought-after ingredient. Customers can also request that the truffle be shaved onto their meals — at Dhs150 per gram, with a minimum order of two grams.

Zuma team from left to right: Mario Fico; Reif Othman; Ajaz Sheikh; Spero Panagakis.

The Tuberum Magnatum Pico species of truffle has a shelf life of one week. According to a spokesperson from the restaurant, the Zuma team had asked suppliers to bring a ‘mega’ truffle — a difficult feat as “there were no signs of any truffles around, and those that were around were very small, not of great quality and most of all expensive.”

“Last week I got a call from my source that a truffle of 370 grams was found. Following a quick pictures exchange with the hunter — and after cleaning away the dirt and carefully brushing [the truffle] — it became 349. We [had it delivered via] special cargo to Dubai and now it is here.” A truffle is the fruiting body of a subterranean mushroom; spore dispersal is accomplished through fungivores, animals that eat fungi. Almost all truffles are ectomycorrhizal and are therefore usually found in close association with trees.

There are more than 1000 species of truffle or ‘tubers’ that grow naturally in the soil . Of those about 16 species are edible and the fresh white truffle from Italy is considered the most valued. For around 95% of truffles found, the weight varies from 10 grams to maximum 100 grams. White truffle cannot be harvested or farmed and only grow in a selected areas of Italy — in the Piedmont region —and in some parts of Tuscany.

"White truffles are like diamonds for a Chef! Rare and fragrant with a flavour that is almost impossible to explain and utterly unforgettable," say the Zuma chefs.

Source: Hotelier Middle East

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