Istria truffles

Truffles in Istria

Istria truffles are a culinary winner that is hard to resist. Since the truffles are discovered in Motovun Forest some 80 years ago, it has continued to be a culinary “hit” of north-western Istria. Gourmets rush by the thousands to Istria’s konobas to experience its superb taste. Popular belief in its aphrodisiacal effect bolsters the magical cult of the truffle. Immediately after harvesting, the fresh truffle is either directly used as a food ingredient, or it is being processed in order to produce high quality products such as a variety of spreads, cheeses, oils, sweets, etc.

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The truffle of Guinness World Records fame

The biggest truffle in the world
There is yet another interesting fact about Istria. This is where Giancarlo Zigante, a local caterer and truffle hunter, and his dog, Diana, dug up one of the largest truffles ever found weighing 1.31 kg, on 2 November 1999 not far from Buje. The Guinness World Records listed this truffle as the largest in the world. The Guinness World Records truffle was cast in bronze, and a copy is on display in the Zigante Tartufi Shop in Livade in which homemade products are sold. When travelling along the route from Vižinada or Buzet to Motovun or ...

Truffle of Istria - the gourmet gem worth the price of gold

Istrian white truffle
Gourmet cuisine today is unthinkable without his Majesty, the truffle. The underground mushroom with potato-like body called tuber lives in the Istrian soil and is considered the highlight of the regional cuisine. Istria has become known for the highest quality truffles – especially the white truffle that can rival those of Italian regions of Alba and Piedmont. Truffles were appreciated by the Romans - they were believed to have grown as the result of God Jupiter throwing a lightning to an oak tree. Since Jupiter was known for its access ...

Autumn gourmet festivals

The rich culinary produce in the autumn always gives the Umag-Novigrad region an extra value. October and November are reserved for the Tuberfest, a truffle festival held in Livade. In addition to a variety of events, such as for example the evaluation of the largest and most beautiful truffle, there is a truffle ...
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Secrets of Motovun Forest

For more than two millennia, Motovun Forest has been recognised as a natural feature of the Istrian peninsula and the entire Croatian Littoral. Today half the size it once was, the forest covers about one thousand hectares of land along the Mirna River. It differs completely from the karst forests that surround it. ...
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