Truffles and Truffle Hunting in Le Marche

Truffles of Le Marche

Truffles are probably one of the most expensive foods on the planet.  They come in the form of black and white truffles with the black variety being more common and white being the finer delicacy.  Both black and white truffles can be found in Le Marche.  The truffle, tartufo in Italian,  is a pungent-smelling mushroom that grows underground like a potato. It even resembles a potato.  The two types (black and white) differ in consistency and odour.  The white truffle has a stronger odour and a subtle flavour which is delicate and exquisite. Truffles are rare and expensive because they grow underground and harvesting them is not an easy task. The dogs, with special abilities and specially trained pigs are used to track down the mushrooms' distinctive smell.  Generally dogs are preferred as the pigs have a tendency to eat the truffles when they find them! Every truffle hunter has his own special secrets and many set out under the cover of darkness to harvest their truffles to ensure their neighbours cant track where they are headed.

Truffle Hunting day trip in Le Marche

Experience the true flavour of rural life by going on a truffle hunt with the hunter and his dogs.  Be prepared to get your shoes dirty!   An amazing first-hand experience.  Spend part of the morning on a private estate with the hunter and his dog as they weave their way through the woods in search of truffles.  You’ll know when you’re onto something as the dogs will start to get excited. The truffles are buried under the soil, close to the roots of the trees.  Once the truffles are gathered you’ll enjoy a mouth-watering lunch menu based around the truffles you have found.   

See information about our truffle hunting weekend