One of the crops that can be found at Fattoria Valle Magica is the sought after truffle. Truffles are ascomyzetes, tube mushrooms. They grow in the earth, singly or in clusters and form a symbiosis with the roots of certain trees with dense foliage (oaks, scots pines, poplars and willows).
All varieties of truffle usually have a roundish, irregular shape. Each kind of truffle has its unique perfume and aromatic signature. Many attempts have been made to describe the taste, none very satisfactorily. However its history in culinary use dates back to 3000 BC, when truffles were already a sought-after, expensive victual.
The types of truffles that we have as crops and sell in our farm shop, depending on the season, are the black truffle (tuber melanosporum vittadini) and the black summer truffle (tuber aestivum vittadini). The black truffle that is found in winter is highly sought after and regularly used in traditional cooking in this area.
Due to its rarity, one almost never finds truffle (or tartufo) on the menu in other countries, and if so prices are high. Why not order fresh truffles for and send us an email to share some of our more favorit recipes with you.