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On the hunt for the Istrian truffle – in Croatia

As well as being a land of olive groves and medieval hill-top towns, the region of Istria in Croatia is home to the highly prized white truffle. Always wanting to experience the best of any region and having heard how the largest truffle in world was found here, we set out on a truffle hunt.

As every gourmet knows the truffles are at their best in the autumn and winter months and as we were there in August, I had to content myself with truffle hunting on a plate rather than at the roots of some woodland oak tree. This highly prized knobbly fungus is found around the town of Motovan where the Mirna river helps provide the moist woodland soil where truffles thrive. We stopped at the nearby village of Livade where in October and November a Truffle festival is held and all year round you can visit the Zigante restaurant and shop, devoted to truffles.

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The restaurant offers a truffle tasting menu with every course infused with truffles down to the chocolate truffle mousse for desert – now that could be truffle heaven.As we had our children in tow who were not quite ready for the full truffle overload, I contented myself to buying a jar of truffle paste in the shop.

 

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  • Wanderluster
    August 6, 2009 at 6:45 pm

    That table-full of food looks scrumptious! And truffles are delightful – aren’t they? Subtle, yet earthy, as you mentioned.

  • Camels & Chocolate
    August 10, 2009 at 3:49 am

    My fiance and I are hoping to move back over to Europe–this time to Romania–a year from now. If we make that happen, we will be heading on our first vacation to Croatia. It’s one of the spots I’m bummed I never made it to while living in Scotland/Denmark/Holland! I also want to try this tasty little dish.

  • Heather Cowper
    August 10, 2009 at 7:17 am

    Kristin, I’m sure you’d enjoy Croatia – I’ve had a great time both times I visited – a few years ago we had a family holiday on the island of Rab then this more recent trip to Istria.

    One of my burning ambitions is to charter a boat and sail around the gorgeous Croatian coastline and explore the many islands.

    Good luck with your move to Europe

  • Mark H
    August 12, 2009 at 11:40 pm

    To see truffles in a market (without tasting in a lovely dish), it strikes me as one of the most expensive things you’ll ever buy for a small black pungent ill-shapen blob. Yet people leap in an happily snap these things up. I saw true excitement in a small rural French market as truffles were rolled out on someone’s display and people perused and prodded the items carefully selecting the “best” one, however that may have been decided. My greatest mystery is how did someone ever discover that they taste good.

  • Heather Cowper
    August 14, 2009 at 7:27 am

    Yes Mark, I was trying them for the first time and I could tell there was an addictive quality about them, but I wouldn’t be paying hundreds of pounds to buy one.

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