Truffles Tasting in Tuscany

Friday, October 2, 2015

Truffles Tasting in Tuscany

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Posted by Virginie 02/10/2015

Truffles are one of the world’s most expensive foodstuffs, ranging in price from hundreds to thousands of pounds per kilo. For food-lovers, they are often seen as one of the ultimate gastronomic delights. Tuscany is one of the world’s top truffle-producing regions, so if you’re planning a holiday in this part of Italy, it’s well worth fitting some truffle tasting in while you’re here. Read on for our beginners guide to this most delicious of delicacies.

What are truffles?
Truffles are a type of fungus usually found around the roots of trees. Traditionally farmers have struggled to cultivate truffles, meaning that the only way to produce them was by heading out into the woods to find places that they grow naturally. In recent years, however, growers have had some success with mass producing truffles, but this industry is still in its infancy and many feel the naturally harvested variety are far superior to farmed truffles.

Types of truffles
There are a number of different types of truffles on the market, but the two most common are white and black truffles, both of which can be found in Tuscany. White truffles are generally the more expensive of the two, with the current record being set by businessman Stanley Ho, who paid £165,000 for a 1.5 kilo specimen in 2007. Black truffles, by comparison, are relatively cheap, but will still set you back anywhere between a few hundred and a few thousand pounds per kilo.

Where to find them
Fortunately, the flavour of truffles is so strong that even the tiniest amounts can transform a dish, so you can easily sample their delights in many Tuscan restaurants without having to remortgage your home. Rather than trying to buy truffles yourself for home cooking, we recommend finding a restaurant with the expertise to make the most out of this precious ingredient. Tuscany’s top truffle hot spot is found in the hills around the town of San Miniato near Pisa, with many of the local eateries featuring the fantastic fungus on their menus.
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