The white truffle, tuber magnatum pico, is an uncultivable mushroom, a
"...the white Alba truffle is in season from September through
December, grows underground and is sniffed out by dogs. The best place
to look for it is the damp woods of the Langhe, where it grows in
symbiosis with the roots of oaks, poplars, willows, limes and hazelnut
bushes. It is said that the harder the tree's wood, the better and
more intense the truffle's perfume and, therefore, its flavor."
Good article on truffle hunting
"The white truffle, tuber magnatum pico by its Latin species name,
grows spontaneously in the rich clay soil in the hilly region of the
Monferrato in Northern Italy. The tartufo bianco (white truffle) is
the most prestigious of the underground mushrooms and is referred to
as "the white diamonds of the Piedmont." It is the creme de la creme
of the underground tubers, more delicate and prized than the black
truffle. Because of its ogranic composition, superior aroma, and
scarcity, it is also the most expensive, selling at approximately
$1300 a pound in the Northern Italian markets."
"Truffles are born early in the summer and attach themselves by
microscopic filaments to the trees under which they grow in mysterious
harmony with the phases of the moon and the cycle of the trees life.
If there is sufficient rain in August the tubers can swell to a great
size, ready for the truffle season in October. All attempts to seed
them have proved vain; the white truffle is a parasite and can only
Truffles have no relationship to potatoes other than the "tuber" in
their Latin name that refers to their shape.
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