Here in Europe, new hunters tend to start out looking for black truffles. Once they achieve this, after their initial delight, their thoughts then quickly turn to the prize amongst truffle – the precious white winter or tuber magnatum. Novices are anxious to learn if their dog can locate the valuable white truffles given that […]
The second part of the ‘Trade Secrets’ series looks at the shadowy world of the truffle dealer. The Italian truffle companies are currently struggling to keep control of Europe’s white truffle supply. For decades their marketing departments have been manufacturing myths about the white truffle. This video takes a look past the smoke and mirrors […]
Every sector has its secrets but none more so than the truffle industry which is entirely founded on secrecy. This video, the first in a two part series, looks at the very secret life of the truffle hunter.
In the 1990’s truffle oil was refered to by the industry as liquid gold. It was all ‘fake’ – simply olive oil flavoured with the chemical 2,4-dithiapentane, also known as formaldehyde dimethyl mercaptal. A spoonful of this synthetic aroma cost under 40 cents and this was enough to flavour a three-dollar bottle of olive oil. […]
Often when I tell people that we hunt for truffles, their first question is about how we train the pigs. It seems that the use of pigs in truffle hunting is very firmly ensconced in the collective consciousness. In reality though, the vast majority of tartufai nowadays prefer to hunt with dogs. Truffling pigs were […]
If you start out alone as a truffle hunter then you usually end up learning the hard way that you have to keep secrets. If you like to go around blabbing and have the need to tell everyone what a successful guy you are then really this is not a good job for you. I […]