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One-of-a-kind truffle sells big

Carlo Di Federico
Nanjing Night Net

A rare 852gBlack Winter Trufflesold for$2425 last Wednesday, with proceeds going to a charitable cause.

ThePerigord Truffle was harvested from The Truffle & Wine Co.’s hazelnut sectionin Manjimup onJuly 2.

The donation was made to Ausudan Inc. –a Perth based not-for-profit organisation actively involved in developing projects of asustainable nature that can educate and bring hope to future generations ofSindiru inSouth Sudan.

The winning bidder was Carlo Di Federico, who is the manager of a gourmet deli –Bossley Park General Store & Deli – in New South Wales.

The auction on eBay garnered 42 bids,which Mr Di Federico prevailed as top bidder.

The Truffle & Wine Co. delivered the truffle toMr Di Federico last Friday,and gifted himwith abottle of TheTruffle& Wine Co. Vintage Sparkling and atruffleslicer –a kitchen gadget he made full use of over the weekend.

“I have loved truffle for a very long time, to get one of that size is very rare.

“Also, it’s going to a good cause so I’m happy to put a bid.”

He said he intended to incorporatesome of the truffle into his own homemade sausages and cold meats.

Mr Di Federico hosted a truffle-themed banquetwith his Italian family this pastweekend.

He froze the rest of the truffle to preserve it.

“I’ve had small ones before, but to have one of this size [was]quite an experience,” he said.

Amber Atkinson, TheTruffle& Wine Co. marketing manager, saidit was remarkable to have atruffleof this size that did notcontain rot or insect damage.

Thebiggesttrufflefound in theirtruffiere was back in 2010 andweighed 1084g, she said.

“That was an extremely exciting time for us, and after six long years we couldn’t be happier to have found the [852g truffle].

“We did find an 890gtruffleearlier in the season, but unfortunately – as with many largetruffles– there were internal quality issues.”

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