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The White Truffle of San Miniato

In Enogastronomic Tuscany, Events on September 7, 2009 by lamiatoscanablog Tagged: , ,

Festival of the White Truffle in San Miniato from September 26 at 7 pm till September 27, 2009 11pm

An old saying, that the children of San Miniato are yet taught, says that in the underground of Dodero, Montoderi and Poggioderi there is a golden calf. The golden calf is actually mentioned in the medieval documents of the Historical Archives of San Miniato. It may seem strange, but in this triangle of Valdegola is the heart of the White Truffle of San Miniato, which value can be compared with gold. Brillat Savarin once wrote: “The truffle makes women more tender and men more amiable.”

The white truffle from the hills of San Miniato, a wine region, which extends in the Pisan countryside, is the best underground mushroom of the world.  Because of its high market value, this truffle is also known as the mushroom of the Kings. It is found in limited numbers only a few centimeters deep under the earth. For growing the white truffle prefers an almost mystical combination of the secretion of the fauna of the forest and a special geological substratum.

View of San Miniato; Foto: ezioman

San Miniato is the record holder among the areas, where the white truffle grows. The largest truffle, which has ever been found here, is a fragrant, 2520 gram tuber, which was donated to the U.S. President Truman in 1954. But the White Truffle of San Miniato owes its high quality not only to the fertility of the forests, but also to the accuracy and the deep respect for the environment, with which the collectors proceed during the truffle hunt.

On Saturday, September 26th and Sunday, September 27th, 2009 the renowned Festival of the white truffle and porcini mushrooms takes place in La Serra, a suburb of San Miniato in the province of Pisa. Everything here is dedicated to this precious tuber. It is celebrated and honored with delicious dishes with truffle flavor, an event that you should not miss.

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