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Saturday, September 08, 2007

Truffles 

An enormous field of black truffles has been discovered in Poland but it is rare to find them in north-east Europe. Normally they are found in Western Europe, where the season is just getting underway; they are a scarce food and sell for about 3600 Euros a kilogram.

Best known are the black truffles from Périgord in France and the white truffles from Piedmont in Italy. Each weekend in October and early November truffle hunters and merchants come and sell their products at the famous Tartufo Market in Alba. Alba is also home of an annual truffle festival which this year runs from 29 September to 11 November.

The world's largest recorded white truffle (over 2.5 kg) was found in San Miniato, which competes with Alba for the reputation of having the highest quality white truffles, and the San Miniato National White Truffle Market is held every year during the last three weeks of November.

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