Found in Italy’s Piedmont, Marche and Tuscany regions, growing among the roots of poplar, beech, hazelnut, oak and willow trees, is the rare European white truffle. This, the world’s most expensive mushroom, has a price tag that can exceed $2700 per pound. White truffles are very aromatic, with a strong flavor that can be described as earthy, musky or garlicky. Light brown or yellowish in color and smooth in texture, they are usually shaved raw over a dish.
Italy is packed with wonderful truffle fairs and festivals in October and November. Long-term festivals and markets take place in Alba in the Piedmont region, in Acqualagna in Marche and in San Miniato in Tuscany.
In Le Marche, Acqualagna, the town that calls itself the “truffle capital” holds a white truffle fair on weekends starting at the end of October through mid-November. In fact, Acqualagna is the only territory that has fresh truffles of all kinds, all year long. [...]