The prized Alba white truffle: everything you need to know
Tuber Magnatum Pico, the scientific name for the renowned Alba white truffle, is a refined meal that may be used to enrich a variety of dishes. Not surprisingly, this mushroom (let’s pretend it is a mushroom) is also known as “white gold,” with a price tag of roughly 450 euros for about 100 grams.
Nowadays you can purchase the white truffle from what Italians call “cavatori”, (people specialized in digging and founding them with the aid of specially trained dogs) who often have their own e-commerce sites, such as iltartufo.com, where the white truffle is sold directly.
The non-wrinkled but smooth surface of a white truffle specimen, as well as its fairly irregular shape, make it easy to identify from the outside. Tuber Magnatum Pico has a long history, which adds to its quality.
Among the different kinds of this treasured mushroom, the white truffle is the actual spearhead, for which lovers and professionals are willing to pay exorbitant rates.
Where can it be found?
The white truffle’s scarcity is one of its characteristics: it thrives in humus-poor soils and requires continual air circulation as well as a calcium-rich, soft, and wet soil. Alba, in Piedmont, is the most well-known location for these ingredients, but white truffles can also be found in Umbria, Tuscany, and Marche.
Why is the price so varied
Seasonal, environmental, and market considerations all influence the price of the white truffle: weather variations, territorial characteristics, and product demand all have an equal impact on the final price of this product.
The hunt for the precious white truffle
Between the end of September and the beginning of December, the white truffle achieves its peak ripeness. The harvest season in Piedmont runs from September 21 to January 31. Tuber Magnatum Pico is a delicate plant that must be carefully plucked from the ground.
Preserving the truffles
After getting specimens of valued white truffles, the first step is to lightly brush them. The Tuber Magnatum Pico should never be cleaned, and the absorbent paper should be replaced every day to maintain it healthy. However, it is best to consume it as soon as possible after harvesting.
How do you cut a truffle?
To slice the truffle optimally, we may use a truffle slicer or a knife, which is especially useful for large-sized items but also for smaller truffles, to cut them in half and provide a smoother working surface.
Quick way to make Risotto with Truffles Blanches
One of Italian’s favorite dishes always include a well-creamed risotto. You will undoubtedly have conquered them if you then add the priceless white truffle.
- Carnaroli rice, 240 g
- 1 liter broth (vegetarian)
- 1 shallot 1 shallot
- butter (20 g)
- White truffle (20 g)
- 10 cl white wine (dry)
- q.s. extra virgin olive oil q.s. parmesan cheese
- Using a knife, finely chop the shallot (which you can use instead of onion since it is more delicate and aromatic) and brown it in a skillet with heated butter.
- Pour the rice, toast it, then pour the white wine over it, allowing the alcohol to evaporate.
- Pour in a ladle of liquid, stir, and boil for 15 minutes, adding more broth as needed to complete the cooking process.
- Remove from the heat and stir in the grated truffle. Serve immediately after adding the olive oil and Parmesan cheese.
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