Black truffles in Umbria
PRIZED UMBRIAN BLACK TRUFFLES
The prized black truffle of Umbria ( Tuber Melanosporum Vittadini) is the most common variety of the region and is known as the Norcia and Spoleto Truffle, found in the areas of Cascia, Preci, Monteleone di Spoleto, Poggiodomo, Scheggino, Sant'Anatolia di Narco, Vallo di Nera, Cerreto di Spoleto, Sellano, Campello sul Clitunno, Castel Ritaldi, Giano dell'Umbria and Stroncone. They are found in all of the areas that run along the Nera River and, in the Province of Perugia, mainly on Mount Subasio.
They thrive in clayey-limestone earth and live in symbiosis with oak, holm-oak, beech and chestnut trees. Its size varies from that of a walnut to that of an apple. Round, often irregular in shape, it has a rough but not spiky exterior. Its aroma is unforgettable, the pulp a dark red-black with thin white veins.