Chiang Mai University yesterday revealed that it could grow the world's most expensive white truffle for the first time in the country.
The growing of this white truffle which is priced up to 160,000 baht a kilogram will enable Thailand to conduct further research and development that will see commercial white truffle farming in the country in near future.
It will enable Thailand to become one of the countries which can produce white truffles for export and generate high revenue for the country.
At yesterday's press conference, the white truffle has been found first in the Doi Stuhep-Pui Nation Park by the Department of Biology of Chiang Mai University.
According to the research team headed by Prof Dr Saisamorn Lumyong, Dr Nakarin Suwannarach and Dr Chaturong Khumla from Department of Biology Chiang Mai University, they first found a new white truffle species in 2014 named Tuber thailandicum of which was given a common name white truffle thep sukhon by Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, Citylife Chiangmai reported.
In 2015, the team continued their research and found another new species Tuber lannaense.
But in the latest research, the team found the Italian white truffle or Tuber magnatum, which is the most expensive truffle in the world, and it was successfully grown.
The successful growing by the team challenges all theories that suggest truffles cannot grow in tropical areas, they said.
Furthermore, the team was also able to extract the truffle scent to infuse it with salt and olive oil.
They said the research team is now studying whether it is possible to develop a truffle farm in Thailand.
This discovery not only challenged all theory saying that truffle could not be found in the tropical area, but also can help boost the economy of the nation they said.
Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)