Truffles are used in many Italian dishes, they are part of a group of fungi known as Tuber. While the famous white truffle may be the most desired species to eat. They are best eaten on a fresh salad, tartare, eggs or a pasta dish. While the Tartufi Neri Estivi (black truffle) can be bought at a much lower price then its famous cousin the Tuber Magnatum Pico (white truffle), nevertheless it is a treat to eat
The Montiglio Monferrato truffle fair takes place on the first two Sundays of October each year. And, on the second weekend of October is the Odalengo Piccolo Truffle fair. Odalengo Piccolo may only be a town of less than 300 inhabitants, however, do not let its small size deter you from visiting this delightful fair.
If you are a truffle enthusiast, then it is worth exploring all the diverse truffle fairs throughout Piedmont's Monferrato and Langhe, in the provinces of Alessandria, Asti and Cuneo. Keep this point in mind when organizing a trip to Piedmont, Italy: the fairs take place on the same weekends every year for the months of September, October and November. Porcini Mushrooms Truffles always hold the spotlight, but the Porcini, a large mushroom, which grows in the forests of the Monferrato and the Langhe during the months of September—soon after the rains begin—is another Piedmontese delicacy. The wooded areas are home to both the truffles and the porcinis. At the food market tables typically display piles of beautiful porcini. Porcini are eaten cooked or they are dried for use in making sauces. Porcini, however, taste best when they are picked fresh, cooked and then garnished with lots of fresh parsley. Risotto a Porcini is a delicious that everybody should eat at least once in their lives!
If you want to see breathtaking scenery, walk through very old villages, hear Piedmontese spoken, drink delicious red wine, and, of course, eat the truffles, then come and visit Piedmont. Of course Piedmont is not just truffles it has Lake Maggiore and great skiing, it hosted the winter Olympics in 2006.
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