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I believe this was a series of books from the '70s and/or '80s. The protagonist's family's wealth was based on their exclusive control of a foodstuff that was "better than chocolate". I think the name of it started with a v, and that it was a fungus that could only be grown on a world they owned. Who recalls it?

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  • This feels as though it should be easy to find, but that is not proving to be the case. I'm pretty sure none of the novels in my library have a fungal food "better than chocolate" and Google is not helping. Jan 6 at 12:54
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    Sure it was a fungus? John Ringo did something similar with Maple Syrup
    – Paulie_D
    Jan 6 at 13:27
  • @Paulie_D I noticed that too, but Ringo's work is at least 20 years too late...
    – DavidW
    Jan 6 at 14:10
  • An outside chance is the CHON chow from Beyond the Blue Event Horizon, and the other sequels to Gateway. Robinette Broadhead becomes the richest man in the Solar System from this
    – Spencer
    Jan 6 at 18:02

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