White Truffles from Alba

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TARTUFO, un tesoro nel tempo (in italian only)

From late October to just before Christmas, the white truffle is king in Alba. It commands the attention, and money, of locals and visitors who hunger to buy or taste it. In the shops, it is displayed under glass and sold by the gram at about € 400-500 per hundred grams.

To be honest, the truffles these days don't necessarily come from the local woods around the Ferrero Chocolate Factory, but more likely the unspoilt zones of the Monferrato in the south-eastern part of Piedmont. Yet Alba remains, as it always has, the key market for the commercialisation of the product in north Italy. 

The tuba magnatum pico is located by a dedicated network of truffle hunters or 'trifulau' who search for it with their trusted dogs. Sliced fresh and without being cooked, it can enhance omelettes, fresh pasta or risotto. Butter sauce and the richer Piedmontese equivalent to the Swiss fonduta benefit from the truffle too, not to mention the wonders of truffle oil, truffle butter, or even rice.

With thanks to Tasting Tours, Asti.

All the Truffle Fairs In Piemonte

But it's not all about the International Fair of White Truffles of Alba which typically run from mid October to mid November, there are another 5 important national fairs in the region of Piemonte. Dates are approximate but typically fall in the same week every year.

20/27 october - Moncalvo
3 november - Montechiaro d'Asti
8-10 november - Rivalba
10/17 november - Murisengo
17 november - San Sebastiano Curone

There are also 14 regional fairs dedicated to the local truffle-

6/13 october - Montiglio Monferrato
12/13 october - Odalengo Piccolo
13 october Bergamasco
20 october – Mombercelli
27 october – Trisobbio
1/3 november – Mondovì
3 november - San Damiano d'Asti
10 november – Canelli
17 november – Asti
24 november - Acqui Terme
17/24 november - Vezza d'Alba
30 november - Cortazzone
1 december - Santo Stefano Belbo
9/10 march – Scagnello

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