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Truffles

Truffles

WHAT IS A TRUFFLE?

Valuable tubers once were once considered the food of the gods and witches, and today most of them end up in exclusive gourmand specialties meant for „regular mortals“.

Old river flow of Mirna runs all the way through the village, whereas back in the day the important Parenzana railroad was also going through Livade.

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TRUFFLES IN ISTRIA

Istria, the mine of gastro jewels

Istrian white truffle is one of the most valuable in the world, but gourmands and culinary experts are beginning to show affection towards black truffles as well.

The discovery of Istrian white truffle happened 80 years ago during the works on Parenzana, the railroad that connected Trieste and Poreč. Truffles then started being used and sold by a private company concentrated around the very center of truffle harvest – Livade.

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STORAGE OF TRUFFLES

Efforts bearing fruits

Proper storage of fresh truffles requires attention and effort, but every single bite of a delicacy prepared with truffles proves that the effort was worthwhile.

After picking, every fresh truffle must be thoroughly cleansed from dirt with a soft brush (like a soft toothbrush) and with running cold water. Truffles are sensitive organisms which are dehydrating and losing their scent so it is best to consume them as soon as possible.

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TRUFFLE FOR GUINNESS

The discovery of the Millennium 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 2nd 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

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DID YOU KNOW

People were always afraid of the unknown and the different, so it is no wonder that there are various stories about truffles since ancient times…but it is time to set the record straight

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TRUFFLE HUNTING DEMONSTRATION

For groups (up to 30 people), we suggest a search for truffles at a location 1 km away from the Zigante restaurant, in the old Motovun forest. If the group counts more guests than mentioned number, we organize more leading persons that can accommodate groups at different locations in the forest.

The group meet with truffle leading person and its specially trained dogs at the agreed time. The aim of this kind of demonstration is to educate guests to gain a sense of truffle significance in Istria.

Since it is about a forest and village areas, we note that guests should bring adequate clothing, footwear and other necessities. In a case of rain, we provide raincoats for our guests, while in the summer period we provide mosquito repellents to our guests.

Duration:

Group size:

45 - 60 minutes

2 - 15 persons