Tuber Magnatum Pico
The Alba white truffle, the queen of the tables with its exceptional parfum, is collected between September and beginning of January in the Italian forests where the truffle grows in symbiosis with trees as oaks and hazelnuts.
This symbiosis is a common feature of all species of truffles and it can be used to cultivate them (as for the black truffles), however the Tuber Magnatum Pico only grows wild. This is the reasons of its rarity and price tag.
In Italy the white truffle grows all along the peninsula, from the hills of Piedmont in the north to the forests of Calabria in the south. The most famed terroirs are the south of Piedmont (Alba is the flagship location) and the Central Apennines (Tuscany, The Marches, Umbria and Romagna).
We select the best maturity and quality truffles available at a given time of the season, preferably from the hills of Piedmont. Daily arrivals assure the delivery of a perfect product to chefs and passionate.
We propose a range of truffles categories and sizes to suit the needs of each customer, with Alba certification available on request for the best specimens.
The winter black truffle also called Périgord truffle, the table black diamond, is harvested in our latitudes between November and March (in the southern hemisphere – for example in Australia – there is a quality production of black truffles during our summer season).
The black truffles originally grow wild, however nowadays the greater part is cultivated. Cultivating truffles is not an easy job: the soil must have the right PH, exposition and drainage, the young trees must be correctly inoculated, drip irrigation nowadays is mandatory … and at least 7 years are necessary before the trees produce any truffle.
We select our black truffles exclusively in France and preferably from the Drôme region (South-East) which produces truffles which are very perfumed and of a rounded shape due to the sandy soil.
We propose the black truffles exclusively washed, brushed and ‘canifiés’ which means verified through a small cut on their surface, in this way we can guarantee maturity and integrity.
We propose a range of black truffles categories based on customer needs: extra category (whole, rounded and uniform size), first category, second category and fresh shavings.
Tuber Uncinatum & Tuber Aestivum
Under the Italian name of ‘scorzone’ (which means embossed skin) we find two species of truffles of gastronomic interest.
The harvest takes places in summer and in fall: the summer truffle (Tuber Aestivum) from April to September, the autumn truffle (Tuber Uncinatum) between September and November.
It is a crescendo of quality from the very first summer truffle (pretty white inside with limited parfum but a nice crunchy texture) to the autumn truffle in full maturity (dark brown inside, well perfumed and tasty).
All our ‘scorzone’ truffles, being harvested in Italy or in France, are offered brushed and washed in extra category.