The Truffle

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What is the Truffle?

The truffle is a hypogeal fungus and can be found in the subsoil; more precisely it is located at the base of some of the most widespread trees in the Italian territory such as oaks, hazels, poplars and linden trees.

This happens because between it and the plant there is a symbiotic relationship called mycorrhiza with which both exchange water, nourishment and mineral salts.

 On the outside it is covered with a bark called peridium and may appear smooth or wrinkled; inside there is the gleba, a fleshy mass  that may appear different depending on the type of truffle.

The four main species of truffles used for cooking are the white, the black fine, the bianchetto and the black summer, also known as scorzone.