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White Truffle – The Most Exclusive Food in the World!

By Simon Barnaby 02.12.20

At this time of year in our part of Piedmont the grape harvest is over and thoughts turn to finding or trying to find the elusive White Truffle! Even during the 'Lockdown' here in Piedmont it is still possible for the truffle hunters to work with their dogs to find the White Truffle. If you want White Truffle delivered to your home we can arrange everything for you.  In just a few days time a freshly found Piedmont White Truffle could be part of your meal wherever you are in the world! Contact us for more details.

The White Truffle is one of the most expensive and mysterious foods in the world. They are found mainly in the Langhe and Monferrato areas of the Piedmont region in northern Italy and most famously, in the countryside around the cities of Alba and Asti.

They are actually an underground fungus and are only found under and around just a few tree species including Oak, Hazel and Poplar and fruiting mainly in autumn. They can reach 12 cm (5 in) diameter and up to 400g in weight, though are usually much smaller. The flesh is pale cream or brown with white marbling producing an aroma and flavour that is gastronomically unique and intoxicating, they are also said to have aphrodisiac qualities!

The size, flavour and aroma of a truffle depends on various factors such as moisture, weather, species and age of the tree, soil type, proximity to the roots and tree trunk, and insect traffic. They are almost never cooked but are usually consumed fresh, typically by being shaved into paper-thin slices over fresh pasta, risotto or even fried eggs!

Truffles are found by Trifulau (truffle hunter) and their dog. The dogs are specially trained to search among the trees for these underground delicacies.

During October and November, The town of Alba hosts the International White Truffle Fair. There are a huge range of events and exhibitions during this time dedicated to the White Truffle.

If you would like to come truffle hunting with us in the Piemontese woodland or need more info on the Alba Truffle Fair please contact us for more details –




Whether you want a tailor made Wine Tour, traditional Piemontese Cookery Class, a ‘real’ Truffle Hunt or buy fantastic Italian Food and Wines, we can arrange everything for you. We can also organise airport and hotel transfers and make recommendations for hotels, villas and restaurants - SALUTE!