Move over, Ina Garten.
According to Britain’s The Times, Prince Philip, who is an “ardent horticulturist,” planted a grove of more than 300 oak saplings impregnated with truffle spores in 2006. Now, more than 12 years later, his prized mushrooms have come to fruition.
“They have been highly successful,” Adrian Cole of Truffle UK, the company that gave the royals their oak saplings to plant on the Norfolk estate, told The Times. “The majority have been the French Perigord black truffle, as good as you get.”
And, while the monarchy exchequer probably doesn’t need the proceeds to fund thine royal activities (like the Aston Martin that runs on white wine, NBD), truffles are no small potatoes. The going price of black truffles, which arrive at market between late autumn and mid-February, is between $175 and $225 per 3.5 ounces, according to Food & Wine.
However, the paper reports the estate will probably keep this first crop for the royal kitchens (does this have anything to do with a certain duchess’s possible pregnancy cravings?).
Whatever the carb-filled use case (pasta and risotto and french fries, oh my!), we’re just praying for a Queen Elizabeth Italian cookbook sometime in the near future.
Duchess Meghan could help out, right?