Scientific Name:
Tuber Mesentericum Vittadini.
Where:
Campania, Basilicata, Puglia.
When:
September to January.
Features:
Very intense and peculiar aroma, it is at its best cooked in combination with sausages or pasta.
Color:
The fruiting body has a rather regular shape with small warts on the surface. The peridium (outside) is dark ranging from brown to black. The gleba (inside) has a nice dark yellow-brownish color, and light-colored gray-brown veining.
Aroma:
Extremely pungent and aromatic, recalls the carbolic acid.
Flavor:
The flavor is very persistent, lingers with some bitter notes in background.
Habitat:
It grows in soils rich in limestone in symbiosis with oak, beech, birch, hornbeam, maple and hazel trees.
Extra:
This kind of black truffle is most easily found in the South of Italy, it was named after the geographical area of Bagnoli Irpino, where its production is very abundant. Because of its "peculiar" taste is still little known, but it has a niche of loyal connoisseurs abroad.