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Truffles are a variety of edible fungi. They are hidden underground, just like a treasure.
Truffles grow mostly besides roots of trees such as beech, oak, poplar, willow and elm. With their appearance, they look like a potato at first. Their average size is between cherry and apple size, although they can sometimes be significantly bigger, even over a kilogram.
Black and white truffles
In the gastronomy world, there are two varieties - black and more expensive white truffles. They are used in small quantities as it is still sufficient to turn every dish into a top gourmet experience even with a small piece. Truffle’s aroma is complex to describe, but it is reminiscent of chocolate and soil mix, deep musky, earthy, oaky, nutty aromas.
The truffle season
The truffle season runs from the end of October to December. Every year about 3,000 hunters search for this incredible gourmet treasure.
The most famous truffle hunting site in Croatia is in Istria. Istrian truffles are amongst the most highly prized truffles that have been a well-kept secret. Professional truffle hunters and trained dogs do truffles search.
In the past, the truffle search was done by pigs. Nowadays it is a rarity as pigs are skilled to find truffles, but often they eat the treat!
As being hard to find, the price of this gourmet fungi can reach an incredible 2000 EUR per kilogram.