Truffles are exceedingly rare and hard to find, so it’s no wonder that it’s one of the most expensive ingredients on Earth. An impressive black truffle was recently dug up by a puppy named Poppy. The Australian Broadcasting Corporation is reporting that the dog’s find weighs two pounds and is worth nearly $1,000.
Poppy is a truffle-sniffing dog in training at Tasmanian Truffles in Australia. It is the largest truffle found on the farm since it opened 20 years ago.
“It just kept going and I started to get more and more excited,” Anna Terry, daughter of the farm’s owner, Tim Terry said. Any truffle found that is over one pound is considered to be large.
Truffle hunters are more commonly associated with pigs, though dogs are becoming a popular choice for many farms. Several breeds of dogs have the capability to pick up the scent, and unlike their pig counterparts, most dogs are willing to drop the truffle instead of eating it.