Campoli Appennino in the Mountain Community of Val di Comino Italy   © Tonino Bernardelli

Truffles of Campoli Appennino

The truffles of Campoli Appennino are well known in culinary circles and they is registered as a Prodotto Agroalimentare Tradizionale (PAT). This tasty and precious tuber grows abundantly in the woods on the surrounding hillsides. The locals  train dogs to help sniff them out. This has been a local practice since ancient times.

There are three main varieties of truffle:

The Precious White Truffle – Tartufo Bianco Pregiato (tuber magnatum Pico) is the most precious of truffles. It is light yellow in color and the scent is intense and pleasant. It is gathered from the months of October to December.

The Precious Black Truffle – Tartufo Nero Pregiato (tuber melanosporum Vitt.): Among the black truffles it is undoubtedly the most valuable and expensive. It has a black rind with pyramidal warts, the scent is delicate and very pleasant. These are collected from mid-November to mid-March.

The Black Summer Truffle – Tartufo Nero Estivo or Scorzone (tuber aestivum Vitt.): The rind is black with a surface characterized by large warts and the scent is not too strong. It is gathered from the beginning of May until the middle of November, but to achieve the optimum level of ripeness it is necessary to wait until the end of June.

The truffles are much sought after and expensive to buy.  Many are exported within Europe and to the United States, which significantly boosts the local economy. Both fresh truffles and a multitude of truffle-based specialties are marketed such as Salsa Tartufata, Crema di Tartufo Bianco Pregiato and Tartufo Nero Pregiato. 

Each autumn a Truffle Festival is held in the town where there are tastings of local dishes prepared with truffles and other local produce. The traditional culture and music are also celebrated.

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