Celebrate white truffle season at the International Alba White Truffle Fair in Piedmont, Italy
Food lovers dont need to look for an excuse to visit Piedmont, the region in northwest Italy known for its wine and cuisine think Barolo and Barbaresco wines, and Bra, home of the Slow Food Movement.Going in October and November is a particular treat because of the rare wild fruit of a fungus Tuber magnatum, better known as the white truffle which comes into season around this time. Unlike Tuber melanosporum, the famous and expensive black truffle of Perigord, which is now being grown in Australia, farmers have yet to find a way to cultivate white truffles, so they must be foraged. Truffle hunting in the region is tightly regulated, and good foraging spots are among the most closely guarded secrets of a trifulau (truffle hunter). Many truffle hunting tours are therefore simulated hunts, but Australian expat Eleanor Fletcher, who has been living in the Langhe, the hilly, southeastern subregion of Piedmont, for six years, says she can organise real truffle hunts through her company Langhe Secrets.
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