Wild Food foraging takes on many forms.Looking for mushrooms in the northern hemisphere forests is something I have come to know and really enjoy.
Thanks to some very well informed friends and competitors from various LWFC events, I have learned about fungi foraging in a few different ways.
Yesterday we were introduced to Luca and his daughter Martine, local truffle hunters in the Roero area of Piemonte.
They, along with Willie the truffle dog, took us for an amazing walk through a forest valley, famous for its Alba truffles.
Lucas team are highly trained and completely dedicated to finding Truffles.
After a briefing on the area, the dogs and the mysterious truffle in general, we were off up the track for a hunt.
300 m into it and Willie had his nose and paws into a hole beside an oak tree and fished up our first truffle. Black summer truffle.
Slightly less pungent than the white (autumn) truffle, but delicious and luxurious none the less.
Amazing to watch the dog in action as he repeated this wonder three more times.
We made our way out to Lucas hut in the forest and were treated to various truffle focused Piemonte snacks and dark Barbera wine as we pored over the bounty.
The rusticity of the experience seems so far removed from the starched table cloths and Michelin starred dining rooms of cities around the world where these nuggets of black gold are most often encountered.Unforgettable Forage.
Thank you Luca and your family.