The Truffle in Umbria
As in all Italian regions, the truffles grow spontaneously also in Umbria and they are part of its food tradition.
Thanks to its strong truffle culture, Umbria has developed a system of fairs and festivals celebrating truffles and in which truffles are sold, tasted, and discussed in workshops.
The truffle varieties in Umbria
The Black Truffle (Tuber Melanosporum Vittadini) is also known as the Norcia or Spoleto Truffle and is the main quality of truffle that is harvested in Umbria. –
It ripens from November to March and grows in the territories along Nera river, in Spoleto mountains, Trevi and Subasio mountains, the territories of Corno and Sordo, the half coasts of Spoleto mountains and Martani mountains.
The volume of each piece can vary from that of a walnut to that of an apple. The rind is blackish or black and wrinkled. Its pulp is purplish-black in color, crossed by thin white veins that become reddish-brown on the sides. It is located at an altitude ranging from 250-300 meters up to 900-1000 meters.
The White Truffle – Also in Umbria all the truffle species are represented including the highly prized White Truffle (Tuber Magnatum Pico).
Its growth area is located in the upper Tiber Valley, in the Eugubino Gualdese and in the Orvieto area. It ripens from October to the end of December, but in some more sheltered areas it can be found until the end of January. It grows at a greater depth than other truffles and prefers symbiosis with some higher plants such as poplar, willow, harrier, but also oak, turkey oak and hornbeam.
For size and shape the white truffle must be regular and rounded, the unmistakable aroma and flavor are best expressed on simple foods without the need for sauces or condiments to cover.
In addition to the white truffle and the precious black truffle, in Umbria there are at least another seven to eight species of truffles that ripen throughout the year, including the well-known Scorzone (Tuber aestivum)
Scorzone is a black truffle, also called summer truffle. The term ‘scorzone‘ derives from the characteristic of this truffle which has a rough and warty rind. It is an aromatic truffle, with notes of porcino mushrooms and hazelnut, able of giving personality to a great variety of dishes.
In addition to the summer truffle there is also the winter one called Uncinato truffle (Tuber Uncinatum Chatin) with an intense flavor and aroma with notes of hazelnut, porcino mushrooms and parmesan, excellent both raw and cooked, especially on risottos.
The truffle fairs in Umbria
Here below there is a calendar of truffle fairs and festivals in Umbria. Keep in mind that some events may have been postponed or canceled due to organizational difficulties in this anomalous year.
For participation, we recommend always to check.
NERO NORCIA – Norcia (PG)
February and March – go to website>>>
FESTIVAL OF ROAST GOOSE AND TRUFFLE – Spello (PG)
June-July – go to website>>>
TRUFFLE FESTIVAL – Ripa (PG)
27 July- 1 August 2021 – go to website>>>
TRUFFLE FESTIVAL – Spina di Campello (PG)
3-8 August 2021 – go to website>>>
BLACK DIAMOND – Scheggino (PG)
28 March 2021 (virtual edition) – go to website>>>
THE CHARLATAN FESTIVAL – Cerreto di Spoleto (PG)
20-21-22 August 2021 – go to website>>>
BISACCIA DEL TARTUFAIO – Citerna (PG)
First half of October – go to website>>>
TRUFFLE AND POTATO EXHIBITION – Pietralunga (PG)
9-10 October 2021 – go to the website>>>
AUTUMN PARTY – Monte Santa Maria Tiberina (PG)
October – go to website>>>
NATIONAL EXHIBITION OF THE WHITE TRUFFLE – Città di Castello (PG)
29 October-2 November 2021 – go to the website >>>
WHITE TRUFFLE MARKET EXHIBITION – Gubbio (PG)
October- November – go to website>>>
TRUFFLE MARKET EXHIBITION – Valtopina (PG)
November – go to website>>>
Photos from Nero Norcia website