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ISSN : 1738-0294(Print)
ISSN : 2288-8853(Online)
Journal of Mushrooms Vol.21 No.3 pp.88-92

Trends in truffle mushroom utilization technology: A patent database survey through the first half of 2023

Hyun-Suk Kim1, Moon-Hee Choi2, Deuk-Sil Oh1, Hyun-Jae Shin2,*
1Jeonnnam Forest Resources Research Institute, Dadoro 7, Sanpomyeon, Naju City, Jiollanam-Do, 58213, Republic of Korea
2Department Chemical Engineering, Graduate School of Chosun University, 60 Chosundae 5 gil, Donggu, Gwangju 61452, Republic of Korea


In this review, we examine the latest technological developments in the utilization of truffles, a gourmet ingredient reputed to be one of the "world's three greatest delicacies," considering changing global consumption trends. Global demand for truffles is expected to increase steadily, with an average annual growth rate of 8.9% from 2023 to 2030. As truffles are expensive, the demand for truffles is expected to be concentrated in developed countries such as the United States, European countries, and Japan. In Korea, truffles are utilized in various industries, including food, functional foods, and cosmetics. Korean consumer demand for truffles has consistently remained high since 2019, and truffle products have been performing well in the market. Consequently, there exists substantial potential demand for newly developed truffle-related products and technologies. This review aims to provide objective research information through the systematic analysis of patent applications in Korea and internationally, focusing on technologies involving truffles, and can aid in setting directions for research and development.