Every October, the annual Alba White Truffle
Festival attracts culinary professionals,
connoisseurs, tycoons and celebrities
from around the world.
A subterranean fungus, this edible gift of nature is globally renowned for its rarity, price, aroma and earthy gastronomic perfection. The truffle is a revered culinary ingredient in Italian, French, Spanish and haute cuisine.
The strong aroma of truffles is alleged to excite the palate and senses. Its aphrodisiac properties is purported to create a euphoric high after consumption.
Somewhat between a cross of a garlicky mushroom and aged cheese. Truffles bring out deep flavours and add a totally new dimension to the food when thinly shaved over simple dishes.
Elusive as Hidden Treasure, wild truffles grow deep in the soil among the roots of oak, poplar, willows trees; lime and hazelnut bushes...
Watch videos, read the latest event news, and stories on the mysterious allure behind the revered truffles and the hunt for these prized ingredients....
Truffles of more than a hundred varieties have been discovered worldwide. However, only a small percent fetch exorbitant prices on the international delicacy market. Depending on the quality and supply, a kilogram of Italian white truffles can reached as high as USD5,000.
Join Chef Carlo Zarri this fall on his truffle and hazelnut dinner events, and discover the exquisite flavours of this culinary diamond.