Revisiting 33: the ambiguity of the truffle

Just popped up on Facebook, this old (1/30/07) Bizarro cartoon:


See my 8/22/19 posting “Sexy Dark Swiss”, with its section on truffles, fungal and chocolate.

And then an intersection between the two, in “ethical chocolate” from the Truffle Pig Chocolate company:


The company has taken advantage of the tradition of using pigs to find truffles in the wild. From Wikipedia:

A truffle hog is any domestic pig used for locating and extracting the fruit bodies of the fungi known as truffles from temperate forests in Europe and North America. Pigs have a great sense of smell, and are able to identify truffles from as deep as three feet underground. It is thought that the natural sex hormones of the male pig are similar to the smell of the truffles, and, also, pigs have a natural affinity for rooting in the earth for food. They are trained to hunt truffles by walking on a leash through suitable groves with a keeper.

Meanwhile, the allusion to pigs taps into the symbolic values of pigs; see my 2/5/19 posting “The symbolisms of the pig”, on greediness, and on the two snowclonelet composites X pig: a sexual-enthusiast one and a food-enthusiast one.

One Response to “Revisiting 33: the ambiguity of the truffle”

  1. arnold zwicky Says:

    From Tim Evanson on Facebook:

    Sadly, nothing about the Truffle Shuffle.

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