Have you at any time been to a truffle hunt?
For quite a even though now we have been offering the truffle hunt to the individuals of our Italian Cooking lessons and it has always been a great experience. Now we have yet another appointment out in the woods and I am truly wanting forward to it. Alongside one another with specialist truffle hunters and their dogs we will start out the quest for the cherished tubers. We meet up with first with our guides Lena and Saverio at the antique city wall of Citerna a truly fairly Umbrian hill town overlooking the Tiber valley. (For these of you who are fascinated in art: Citerna is only a stone’s toss from Monterchi wherever the globe- famed “Madonna del Parto” from Piero della Francesca is to be seen. And by the way, Citerna´s minimal church hosts a true Della Robbia Sculpture)
From here we drive in a convoy to the truffle “plantation” a minimal fenced in wood (Truffle sites in the wild are Top top secret and by the “tartufai”, the truffle hunters their locations are disclosed only in just the closest circle of family associates if they are disclosed at all)At the entrance to the truffle plantation we get to know the truffle hunters whom we will accompany currently together with their dogs, Asia (a extremely skilled “truffle nose”) and Sandy (her even now a minimal lumbering apprentice).
Some introductory explanations and here we go…
The dogs as soon as launched from the leash are off so quickly we can rarely adhere to. A mere hundred meters in entrance of us Asia starts off to dig with all her force and Giovanni her “padrone” has a hard time holding her back
(It can be not that dogs eat up the truffles in a hurry like truffle pigs would do and hence are rarely applied any more. However a truffle is delicate and harmed immediately by sharp teeth or huge paws)
Lastly the truffle is dug out by one particular of our ladies subsequent the industry experts instructions employing the tiny truffle hunters spade. She palms it to the other individuals. Even now dirty and relatively unimpressive it has even so the distinctive truffle scent and of program every person of our group needs to odor it. Of program Asia will get her dog cookie (no dog that requires satisfaction in alone works without having a reward). Which is how it goes on even though Saverio often at the double carries on to describe us extra about truffles and truffle searching.
Soon after practically an hour we have just about filled our bag. 360 grams as we find later on putting it on the scales. The dogs are even now suit and would happily have on but we are reasonably weary and relatively yearning for a cappuccino.