|The area in Central Italy known for black truffles is Umbria, and more specifically these truffles came from the town of Gualdo Cattaneo .|
The truffles are usually found beneath oak and hazelnut trees.
I am told the mixing of this variety of trees helps promote a certain humus that is conducive to raising truffles. He finds them with the help of a dog that has been specifically trained to hunt truffles.
|The Spring Truffle in Italy is called “Scorsone”. They sell for €250-350 [Euros] per kilo. In Winter they go for €650-1100!|
These Spring truffles are black with a tan interior. The exterior resembles a black truffle while the interior looks like a white truffle. The flavor is less pronounced than the true black [“Norcia” which is the name of the Italian town from which this truffle comes] or the white truffle from Alba, and is also much more economical than either of these two.
|These are some of the largest truffles I have ever seen. Each one weighed over a pound!|
"Crudo" of ahi tuna with black truffles & reggiano