Truffle is the common noun designating the fruiting bodies (sporocarps) of fungi, in genus Tuber, whose entire life cycle takes palce in the earth (subterranean). Truffles must live in symbiotic relationships with certain trees in order to produce the precious sporocarps.
The Alba White Truffle has a round shape, but it is also flat and irregular, with a pale yellow peridium or even ochre.
Its inside, crossed by numerous and very ramified white veinings, shows different shades of colour: from milk to deep pink to brownish. Sizes are variable. It’s being hunted from late summer, throughout the autumn, until the beginning of winter. It’s a spontaneous fungus: at present, there are no cultivation techniques.
The environment and truffle hunting
A truffle-hunter along with his dog goes into the woods searching for this valuable hypogeum fungus, guided only by the animal’s nose and by the insightfulness gained through years of experience. This is the most exciting moment for a truffle lover.
The white truffle of Alba grows spontaneously, in symbiosis with specific trees or shrubs. These areas are characterized by an extremely delicate environmental balance, which need a special attention and agronomical care.