International Alba White Truffle Fair

Ten things to know about the Alba White Truffle

It’s an hypogeal fungus

It can be found only by a truffle-dog

It cannot be cultivated

It grows from the roots of specific plants

Its scent consists of 120 volatile molecules

In Piedmont, the hunting season starts on 21st September and ends on 31st January

It’s eaten fresh and can be stored for about a week

Before eating, it can be cleaned with a brush under running water; once it’s dry, let it stand for at least 10 minutes

It must be kept in the fridge, preferably wrapped in blotting paper, in a glass container fitted with a lid

It doesn’t need cooking, but it must be sliced raw with a specific razor-sharp edge tool: the truffle-slicer