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.
FINE & WILD guarantee each fresh truffle for quality and freshness on the day you receive it. We offer a strict no fuss return/refund policy whereby if you use your fresh truffle within 2-3 days of us supplying it, following the guidelines of usage and storage which we suggest, and it is not perfect, we will replace it or refund your order.
PleaseEmailus or call us on 00 44 (0)1732 666 400 and we can answer any questions you have about Alba White Truffles and how to use them.