Mercoledì, 19 Settembre 2018
ROME

White truffle season kicks off with prices lower than 2011

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(ANSA) - Rome, October 3 - Gastronomes and enthusiasts of
the prized and pungent fungus known as the white truffle are set
for a great 2012 season with prices dipping down to 300 euros
for 100 grams, 20% lower than 2011.
The most prestigious truffles are found mostly in the
Piedmont region near the town of Alba, where a yearly fair
celebrating and auctioning the culinary treasure takes place.
This year's fair kicks off on October 5 with an inaugural
celebration and runs through November 18.
Because of the hot and dry summer, trifoleaux (truffle
experts) initially predicted slim pickings.
Thanks to recent rainfall, the season is set to bring
"flavor galore and plenty for all," Antonio Degiacomi, president
of the fair, said at a presentation on Wednesday.
White truffles are more pungent, rare and expensive than
black ones, which have a longer growing season and are more
common in the center and south of Italy.
On November 11, the annual World Truffle Auction at the
Grinzane Cavour castle outside of Alba will once again attract
tycoons from all over the world to contend for the most valued
tubers on the market this season.
"The fair attracts 500-600,000 people every year. Truffles
are sold and consumed on site for a minimum mark-up compared to
restaurants," Degiacomi said.

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