More than 30 tonnes desert truffles auctioned at Souq Waqif

More than 30 tonnes desert truffles auctioned at Souq Waqif By Fathimath Nasli - February 22, 2024
More than 30 tonnes desert truffles auctioned at Souq Waqif

Desert truffles

Since the start of the desert truffles auction and exhibition at Souq Waqif in late January, more than 30 tons of these coveted fungi have been sold, according to Khalid Saif Al Suwaidi, the General Supervisor of the exhibit.

The daily auction, beginning at 8 am until the truffle stocks are exhausted, has experienced robust sales due to high demand. Al Suwaidi highlighted the diverse origins of the truffles, sourced from countries such as Saudi Arabia, Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia, Libya, Syria, and Iraq.

The decision to move the exhibit from Al Wakra Market to Souq Waqif aimed to enhance accessibility. Al Suwaidi explained, "Before it was in Al Wakra market, very far from Doha. We think it's good if we bring the exhibit to Souq Waqif because we are in the middle and people can easily access the location."

This marks the first occurrence of the exhibit at Souq Waqif, providing visitors with a more convenient experience, including ample parking and assistance in transporting purchased truffles.

Al Suwaidi emphasized the importance of quality assurance, mentioning specialists inspecting truffles for freshness.

Regarding pricing, Al Suwaidi indicated that prices fluctuate based on the quantity available. "Sometimes the prices go up and down, depending on the quantity of the truffle we bring," he explained. As the season progresses, prices are expected to decrease. "We are in the middle season of truffles, so the prices will go down."

The exhibition is scheduled to run until the end of Ramadan, operating from 8 am until the truffles are sold out. Free parking for up to 45 minutes is provided for customers of the exhibit.

Prices for desert truffles range from one hundred to one thousand Qatari riyals per kilogram, and auctions often conclude within two hours due to high demand. The exhibition is located at the eastern square of Souq Waqif.

A study by Hamad bin Khalifa University Press highlighted the cultural and culinary significance of desert truffles in Qatar, known locally as "Al Fag’a or Al Kamaa." These fungi, belonging to the genus Terfezia and Tirmania, are valued for their adaptability to harsh environmental conditions and have been used for food and medicinal purposes throughout Qatar's history. The white truffles, known as Zubaidi, hold particular esteem, while the dark brown Ikhlasi variety also carries cultural significance.

Source: The Peninsula

By Fathimath Nasli - February 22, 2024

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