White truffles

The "white truffle" or "Alba madonna" comes from the Piedmont region in northern Italy and, most famously and in the countryside around the cities of Alba and Asti. It is also found in Croatia on the Istria peninsula. Growing symbiotically with oak, hazel, poplar and beech and fruiting in autumn, these underground mushrooms can reach 12 centimeters in diameter and 500 grams in mass, though are usually much smaller. The flesh is pale cream or brown with white marbling. For centuries, truffles were reserved for only an elite class of people; Greek royalty, Roman gentry, and Catholic popes were ..

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