Truffle Association

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Friday, May 18, 2012

Guests say

Reviewed 28 March 2012
Kelly and I were searching for months for the best truffle hunt we could find (as we are "foodies" and love truffles) during our beautiful stay in Tuscany and we found it.

We were staying at the St. Regis Florence. The driver took us to the La Limonaia that was only about a 30 minute drive from Florence.

We meet Giulio, Cristina and Eda at about 10:00 a.m. at the “Truffle House”. It was so beautiful, picturesque and quaint. The rolling hills surrounding the house were beautiful, filled with olive trees, grape vines, it was so beautiful warm and inviting.

Giulio was very accommodating with my request to have a private hunt for my Kelly and me. The hunt could not have been more perfect.

We started with a tour of the house and grounds and then retreated to the “Truffle House” for a glass of wine and a breakfast appetizer with Giulio and Cristina, followed by a very informative tutorial on Truffles.

When it came time for our hunt, Giulio, Eda, Kelly and I went off into the beautiful hills of Tuscany. It was very exciting to watch Eda maneuver through the forest and sniff out the best Truffles we have ever tasted. We spent about two hours hunting, Eda and Giuilo found us black and white truffles.

Then it was back to the “Truffle House” where Giulio weighed what truffles we found that day and proceeded to teach us how to clean, treat, store and slice our truffles, during which time, Cristina prepared us the best lunch we had during our 10 days in Tuscany. It was a seven course meal with some of the most superb wines we had during our trip, it was a perfect wine paring with every course. The entire meal was exquisite.

We spent most of the day with Giuilo, Cristina and Eda and had one of the best times on any vacation that we have ever been on.

I would recommend this to anyone visiting Tuscany as it is truly an adventure.

Gary Mazurek Plano, TX

The summer black truffle (Tuber aestivum Vitt.) also known as the "scorzone" truffle

giulio the truffle hunter

Ripening period:  from June to November

How to recognize it:
for its rough, warty peridium - from which the name of  "scorzone" , also meaning rough in Italian, comes - the lighter gleba than the other varieties of "black truffles", its generally large sizes and most of all, the ripening period which is largely in summer.

The summer black truffle in the kitchen:
as it has a delicate aroma, it is used as a base for preparations with other ingredients