When we talk about San Miniato it’s inevitable to think of thousands of years of history, the Middle Ages, the Tower of Federico II, Napoleon, Giosuè Carducci… A city full of history, battles and conquests! But in addition to these events, we must also make a major contribution to the flavors that this land offers: since ancient times, Tuscany has carried the flag of good taste thanks to its products such as wine, oil, recipes and flavors handed down over the centuries. However, what sets San Miniato apart and makes it unique is truffle, especially the white one! There are several cities in Italy famous for this hypogeal mushroom, but it’s together with Alba and Acqualagna that San Miniato is among the first in the world for the production of the delicious white truffle, rare to find, very good to eat!
We must thank our land, our trees, our air, if today we can enjoy one of the best products ever created by mother nature and envied all over the world.
The San Miniato truffle is today one of the most requested products in the gastronomic market, arriving on the tables in every corner of the world. Many people are trying to reproduce it, even in the laboratory, but all this can never match our truffle! Also because, in addition to the flavor, we put our traditions and our history into it and this is why San Miniato hosts the National White Truffle Market Exhibition every year!
Known since ancient times as the favorite food of the Greek gods, it has always been considered an aphrodisiac as it contains female pheromones inside. And it’s also thanks to these that many wild animals are greedy for it: pigs, wild boars, squirrels, mice, badgers, dogs… The ones who every year have to play with our truffle hunters for a race “who comes first!” 🙂
As we know, the truffle grows underground and it is thanks to the animals that smell it that we are able to find it. Obviously put aside your ideas of seeing a hunter looking for truffles with the pig … Yes, of course, there was a time when hunters used these animals, but to date the only true faithful friend is the dog, who comes trained by his master since he’s a puppy.
Obviously there are many things to tell about the truffle, but if you want to know them we strongly recommend you to come and visit us to give you a wonderful experience like the Truffle Hunting, organized by some of the most famous families in our area who have handed down these customs through generations! You will be able to know all the secrets and then you will be able to recognize the true San Miniato white truffle and enjoy an excellent tagliolini!
The only flaw … The price is very high! 🙂