Sunday, July 10, 2005

Truffle Travels in Tuscany

In a Drowsy Tuscan Village, It's Truffles That Arouse Interest - New York Times

Interesting little travel piece on Truffles :

"They are plentiful, yes, but hard to find. Truffles, which resemble knobby potatoes and taste like fermented mushrooms, are often buried under a foot of dirt, masking their pungent, knock-your-socks-off aroma. Some have likened the smell to primal musk, with hints of garlic, overripe cheese and ozone. To others, they smell like gold: truffles can fetch upward of $4,000 a pound in the global gourmet market."

"... the cognoscenti are converging on the less-trampled truffle paths around the sleepy village of San Giovanni d'Asso, about 25 miles southeast of Siena in the cypress-studded hills of Tuscany. While Tuscan truffles lack the brand-name recognition of those from Alba, San Giovanni d'Asso also lacks the circus atmosphere that can result in overpricing and overhunting. And the quality, some say, is just as odoriferous."


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