The Alba or Acqualagna white truffle is spherical in shape, often flattened and irregular with lobes, cavities and protrusions. The outer or Peridium is smooth at most slightly papillate, and pale yellow or tending toward greenish or ochre, sometimes with reddish-brown blotches. The glebe (inside), crossed with many white veins, varies in colour from milky white to pink to hazelnut to brown. Truffles can grow to the size of a large apple, and exceptionally examples can be found weighing over a kilo.
White truffle hunting is allowed from late summer to early winter, reaching full maturity around the middle of October. White truffles only grow wild, and to date not cultivation techniques exist. As well as Italian regions, white truffles are also found in Croatia, (where production has been concentrated in Istria since the 1930’s) Romania, Hungary and Bulgaria.
The White Truffle (Tuber Magnatum Pico) is mainly found in three areas of Italy: the Piedmont hills, the Po Valley and central parts of the southern Apennines. Piedmont truffles, particularly those found in Lange, Roero and Monferrato have an undisputable reputation, This is the Italian region with the most extensive truffle-producing territory and therefore where the largest number of White truffles are found.
It is best practice to eat truffles the day you buy them. If this is not possible then store the truffles wrapped in kitchen paper, glass jar or TuberPac™ in the warmest part of the fridge, usually the door. Check them daily and wipe away any moisture that has developed - consume within 5-7 days. Your fresh truffles are packed in insulated boxes to prevent spoilage in transit. When ordering fresh truffles online please enter a mobile phone number in the delivery information box so our courier can offer you a 'one-hour' delivery window. You can track your parcel using their highly efficient tracking service.