Le Marche is the heart of white truffle season, which means one thing: it’s time to program a tuber hunting.
Ancient Romans believed that the truffle was created when lightning struck damp earth.
We know that the small tuber grows underground in the wild forests of northern and central Italy.
In Le Marche we maintain the magic of the truffle, referring to the earthy and aromatic ingredient as “a diamond of the kitchen,” or “the gem of poor lands.”
Truffles cannot be planted or tamed, so each variety is only available a few months out of the year. These fragrant fungi taste best fresh, so plan to enjoy white truffles from September to December, winter black truffles from December to early March and summer black from May to August.
The best friend of truffle is a good wine: I prefer Rosso Piceno, a full-bodied red wine from Le Marche; other friends prefer Verdicchio, the most red of Italian white wines.