Truffle picking is an art that allows you to collect only truffles that reach the ideal ripeness, ready to serve in all the best restaurants to embellish dishes with their heady and characteristic fragrance. The freshness and quality of truffles is guaranteed by the direct relationship with the quarryman who allows them to be served to the table a few hours after harvest, maintaining all the organoleptic properties of the finest truffles.
The truffle is a very delicate ingredient. It can be stored in a cool place for a short period (maximum 7-8 days) wrapped in breathable gauze and closed in a glass jar. But also covered with rice that absorbs the humidity preventing it from rotting ahead of time. The black truffle must be used in generous quantities, and is consumed almost exclusively raw, dusted and grated on foods to flavor. From cooked, the white one is essentially a flavoring and is used in reduced doses to perfume cooked foods. The tuber has a sweet and intense taste and gives off a characteristic scent of undergrowth.
The departure of the experience outside will begin in a forest near Pistoia.
The truffle hunting time can be customized.
The city of Pistoia is located in the center of a vast plain crossed by the Ombrone river, located between the Apennines and Mount Albano. Founded in Roman times as a colony, it developed from the early Middle Ages when it became a Lombard headquarters and was surrounded by walls.
Pistoia is still almost completely surrounded by its medieval walls, within the walls there are many places of tourist attraction, first of all the beautiful Piazza del Duomo, overlooked by the Cathedral, the Baptistery, the Palazzo dei Vescovi, the Palazzo del Comune and the Palazzo Pretorio.
Outside the forest you will meet up with your expert truffle hunter and his wonderful dogs. In order to face the experience to the fullest, we will deliver a pair of hunting boots and you will also be accompanied by an English-speaking interpreter who will translate the information that the truffle hunter will give you during the outdoor adventure.
The Pistoia truffle hunt will last about two hours. You will have a guide who will explain everything about truffles. You will learn how to look for truffles and where they are in the woods.
The protagonist of your experience is the dog! in fact it will be he who sniffs near the roots of the paintings to show you where to dig. When the dog has identified the exact point, you can dig into the earth to extract the prized truffle
The truffle hunting experience in Pistoia will last about two hours, which you can find many truffles with much luck. Later you can discover the beauties of the city of Pistoia and Tuscany.
I went alone, together with the Trifolao in search of truffles in Pistoia. It was a unique and very interesting experience. I discovered a lot about truffles, how to look for them, how they are preserved and how to eat them.