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What is the truffle black truffle

tartufo nero

The Truffle is a hypogeum fungus (which lives underground) in the shape of a tuber, which lives in symbiosis with the roots of some plants, such as, for example, the oak, the lime tree, the hazel tree, the hornbeam and the poplar. It has a fleshy mass called "gleba", covered with a sort of bark called "peridio". It is constituted in high percentage by water, fibers and mineral salts, organic substances supplied by the tree with which it lives in symbiosis.

tartufo biancowhite truffleThe shape depends on the characteristics of the soil in which it develops: a soft ground will favor the growth of a spherical-shaped truffle, while a hard, stony soil with many roots will favor a lumpy shape.  

There are many species of truffles. The best known and appreciated for gastronomic use are: White truffle Fine White Truffle

Tartufo bianco Tartufo Bianco Pregiato Tuber magnatum Pico conosciuto anche come Tartufo bianco d’Alba, periodo di raccolta da Settembre a Gennaio
Tartufo pregiato Tartufo Nero Pregiato Tuber melanosporum Vitt. conosciuto anche come Tartufo nero invernale, periodo di raccolta da Novembre a metà Marzo
Tartufo estivo Precious truffle Fine Black Truffle Tuber melanosporum Vitt. also known as winter black truffle, harvesting period from November to mid March
  Summer truffle Black truffle in summer Tuber aestivum Vitt. also known as Tartuffe Scorzone, harvesting period from May to December
  The truffle is also considered a real "environmental sentinel": in fact, it does not tolerate pollution and anything else that is harmful to nature. Plants-T-White The white truffle plants
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The plants of the white truffle