Truffles are a fancy delicious delicacy. Some say an aphrodisiac. Ounce for ounce still the most expensive food in the world even if you include the horrible truffles that come from China. So, like anything of great value, like the gold rush in the 1800’s, there are people that rush to get their hands on the stuff and want to sell it on the black market for the highest price or do not respect the land where it is harvested to preserve the quality and the integrity of the product thus they are becoming scarce.
There is a reason for the prayers, because of climate changes the harvests are down from an annual haul from 2,000 tons of truffles a hundred years ago to just 30 tons today. The sacristy and high prices have attracted elements of organized crime. It has turned the truffle trade to now resemble the drug trade.
So, a fancy restaurant will not have their money stolen, they will have their truffle stolen. So, be careful. Hold on to your balls and guard them carefully. Yes, your balls are valuable. Your balls of truffles.