Truffle hunting in the Langhe. I’ll tell you about autumn
Characters and performers!
The fragrant Truffle is hidden underground. Near the roots of poplars, willows, oaks, and elder, preferably solitary trees, grows and ripens the King of Tubers, the Tuber Magnatum.
The Truffle struggles to grow and mature if the summer is too dry. The preferred soil is loamy, moist, and perhaps north-facing. I explain these things to satisfy some curiosity. On the other hand, if you wanted to become a seeker of precious Truffle, you’d better try to “bribe” some Trifulau!
Here is the Trifulau, sharpening their “weapons” these days. They start taking their dogs for training in the morning or at dawn. So the dog is not distracted by noise, and … the areas remain secret!
The most colorful season, meanwhile, has arrived. The hills of the Langhe begin to dress in yellow, orange, and red foliage like a curtain that must open in the most melancholy and sweet season.
And so, let me tell you about the spectacle of the Langhe Truffle Quest. The white Truffle of Alba or the trifula, if you want to look like a native!
Truffle Search, how it’s done
Upon arrival, you will meet the trifulao and the leading actor, his dog.
The trifolao loves nature, woods, walks, and dogs. And he is quite a loner. Because the quest to find the place where the Truffle grows in the Langhe is a secret and well-hidden place. Because the Truffle King is habitual and likes to grow in the same place. And so if you find it today, you will easily find it in the next season.
His dog has been bred with affection and small truffle prizes! Without bloodshed and with a significant scattering of scent. It is a beautiful hunt.
After getting to know the day’s players, you’ll be introduced to the sights, techniques, and a few gastronomic nods to the world of Truffles.
It’s off to the Truffle Hunt in the Langhe.
Then it’s off. It’s off into the woods. Comfortable shoes are essential! And you can hear step by step the tension building.
The voice of the trifolao inciting his dog.
“Come on, Come on, That’s right, more “ … and the dog moved like a happy and excited hound.
And then the magic moment. The dog has sniffed the treasure. And it digs anxiously and impatiently. And here, the trifolao intervenes to calm him down: the Truffle is there, but there are two contenders. The dog who would like to bite it, and the trifolao who wants to extract it gently.
Tension rises, and the tasks are divided. The trifolao uncovers the Truffle and has to take it away from the dog’s gluttony! But then the Truffle comes out of its hiding place and we, all around, smell the intoxicating scent.
The dog calms down and receives a reward for his effort.
I hope I have conveyed to you, even in part, the beauty of this challenge and the pleasure of understanding nature as it performs.
If, as a grand finale, even you, who have searched and hunted along with the trifolao, would like your prize, the Langhe Truffle Tasting will be an excellent reward for your “effort.”
Two eggs with a grating? A plate of tajarin? The simpler the dish, the more you can taste the Truffle!