Truf­fle hunt­ing

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To lo­cate and un­earth truf­fles, rabassiers (truf­fle hunters as called in Provence) still use the same cen­turies-old tra­di­tional method. In short, truf­fle hunters de­pend on spe­cially trained pigs or dogs to sniff out the hid­den trea­sures. Fe­male pigs have an in­nate abil­ity to smell truf­fles be­cause the tu­ber se­cretes a pheromone that re­sem­bles the sex hor­mone se­creted by wild boars. Dogs are more com­monly used for truf­fle hunt­ing to­day, as they can be more eas­ily trained to sim­ply find the truf­fles and not eat them!

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