The Langhe area is famous in the world for being rich in the prized white Alba truffle, Tuber magnatum Pico. Truffle is a spontaneous mushroom highly prized and fragrant, in this case with a color between yellow and ocher. It's possible to collect it from late summer until early winter.
The Italian white truffle is the most prized variety of truffles and iit preserves a unique scent: a tiny piece of it can enrich a delicious plate of pasta or season an "uovo al paletto", or fried egg. The important thing is not to cook this variety of truffles and use it raw in recipes.
If you think that in your journey you will buy white truffle, there are a couple of precious tips you should know:
- to store white truffle keep it in the refrigerator: wrap the truffles in paper towels and place it in a glass jar. In this way it can last a week, but it is advisable to consume fresh truffle as soon as possible. It should be cleaned with a brush under cold water and consumed after a few minutes. Read more on how to store truffles.
- to add flavor to pasta recipes cut the white truffle into very thin slices; there is also a tool, truffle shaver, able to cut this precious ingredient into thin flakes. You can also try excellent food products flavored with thruffle such as truffle Oil, truffle butter and truffle cheese.
Every year, between October and November, there is the Alba International White Truffle Fair, unmissable event for truffle lovers. In this period there are multiplying cultural initiatives and folklore festivals. All information is available on the official website of the truffle fair.
But there are also other important productions in this area such as the famous Macadamia hazelnuts, used in the confectionery industry, or fine wines such as Barolo, Barbaresco, Barbera, Nebbiolo and Dolcetto (if you love red wines) and Moscato, Gavi and Asti (if you prefer white wines).