Fine black truffle

The research for the fine black truffle or Norcia’s truffle

HaveĀ you ever eaten the real fine black truffle?

where the fine black truffle bornsTheĀ tuber melanosporum (also known asĀ fine black truffle or Norcia’s truffle or Spoleto’s truffle)

itā€™s the most precious quality truffle among black truffles.
It grows in sedimentary or gravelly soils, preferringĀ the hardwood asĀ their own symbiont plants.
Like every black truffle, the melanosporum starts a symbiosis with the hosting plant causing the dead of the grass over the roots of the godmother plant. This process is also called ā€œallelopathyā€ and when it happens to a lot of plants in the same place it takes the name of ā€œPianelloā€, this name is commonly used nowadays to call the places whereĀ the fine black truffle naturally grows.

Its season in the Marche Region goes from the 1st of December to the 15th of March, while further south, in Abruzzo the season starts 15 days before.
Its nameĀ ā€œmelanosporumā€ is due to its black sporesĀ (In ancient Greek ā€œmelanosā€ means black and ā€œsporaā€ means seed, spore).

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But how can we distinguish a fine black truffle from an ordinary one?

tuber melanosporum

Well, we can start from the shape: the fine black truffle has a more regular rounded shape compared to its relatives. The peridium (the outer part) is composed by very small brown warts, smaller than other others. These warts, when scratched, release a rusty-coloured dust.
The glebeĀ (internal part) is dark with whitish veins, very thick.
The dimensions of this kind of truffle differ a lot, the most common are as little as a nut but they can become bigger than a grapefruit if the truffle finds an enabling environment (they can even weigh more than a kilo!)

 

So now that you have the right information, can you answer to the initial question: have you ever eaten the real fine black truffle?

 

a shrimp with a fine black truffle

Alessandro Benvenuti

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