Truffles are a type of underground fungus highly prized for their intense aroma and flavor. They grow underground, near the roots of trees such as oaks, hazels, and poplars, in symbiosis with the tree roots themselves. Truffles have an irregular shape and can vary in color depending on the species and maturity, but the most well-known varieties are white truffles (Tuber magnatum) and black truffles (Tuber melanosporum).
Truffles are considered an authentic gastronomic delicacy and are highly appreciated in the culinary world for their unique and aromatic flavor. They are used to flavor a wide range of dishes and their intense aroma and earthy taste make them a sought-after ingredient by chefs and food enthusiasts worldwide.
The harvesting of truffles is traditionally carried out by skilled truffle hunters with the assistance of trained dogs. As truffles grow underground, and their scent is essential for locating them. Due to their rarity and increasing demand, truffles are highly valuable, especially the more exquisite varieties like white truffles.