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12/11/2020

BIG TRUFFLE WITH A STRONG INFLUENCE

The discovery of Millenium truffle marked the beginning of revealing Istrian truffles to the gourmet world.

Istria is not only a rich finding site of truffles but also the home of one of the biggest white truffles ever picked. It was discovered on November 02nd 1999. by Giancarlo Zigante and his dog Diana in the Motovun forest near Livade. Due to its weight of 1310 g, it was included in the Guinness Book of Records as the biggest till then found white truffle in the world.

The record-holding truffle named Millenium could have achieved a fantastic price on the market. But, instead of being sold it ended up as the main ingredient of a dinner for hundred invited guests and as the first promoter of Istrian truffles. The celebration of the world record was the beginning of establishing the formal status of Livade as the Centre of the truffles wold. The Millenium bronze replica is exhibited at the entrace to the restaurant Zigante in Livade as a reminder of the beginning of rise of Istrian truffles to the deserved position in the gastro world.