White truffle - Tartufo Bianco

The "white truffle" or "Alba madonna" (Tuber magnatum) comes from the Langhe area of the Piedmont region in northern Italy and, most famously, in the countryside around the city of Alba. White truffles grow symbiotically with oak, hazel, poplar and beech and fruit in autumn. The white truffle market in Alba is busiest in the months of October and November. White truffles are generally served raw, and shaved over steaming buttered pasta, risotto, eggs or salads.

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Taken on October 5, 2010