ISTRIAN

Tuber magnatum
GREAT WHITE TRUFFLE

From lat. magnates, -atum = from the great, from the lord

The Great White Truffle (Tuber magnatum Picco) is also called piedmont truffle, Italian white truffle or White truffle from Alba. It is the most appreciated among truffles, with a price that can reach 7000 €/kg. It is more difficult to find than other species of truffles, and the habitat is limited. At the beginning of the last century, it was thought that its habitat was exclusively the Piedmont region of Italy, but by the end of the 20th century, it has also been discovered in the countries of the Balkan Peninsula and their neighboring countries, also in southeastern France and sporadically in Switzerland.

Habitats of the great white truffle in Italy and Croatia are related to the upper courses of meanderriver rivers and to their floodplain valleys, and fruiting bodies develops from September to December. It creates mycorrhiza with species of the genera Quercus, Populus, Salix, Corylus, Tilia.

Frequently Asked Questions

We organize delivery using DPD and GLS delivery services. Since the expected transit time (package delivery time) also varies depending on the country of delivery, below we provide the expected delivery time, which we ask you to keep in mind when buying fresh truffles at our market.

Sellers (truffle hunters) can organize delivery themselves, in case which such delivery will be included in the delivery price. If the delivery options are not highlighted on the product billing page and you are not sure about the price and delivery time, we advise you to contact the truffle vendor at his virtual stand.

Expected package transit time (delivery time) by country:

  • Austria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia:
    • DPD | 2 – 3 working days
    • GLS | 3 – 4 working days
  • Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg, Poland:
    • DPD | 3 – 4 working days
    • GLS | 3 – 5 working days
  • Bulgaria, Romania:
    • DPD | 3 – 5 working days
    • GLS | 3 – 6 working days
  • Cyprus (European part), Malta:
    • GLS | 5 – 6 working days
  • Denmark:
    • DPD | 2 – 3 working days
    • GLS | 5 – 6 working days
  • Italy:
    • DPD | 2 – 3 working days
    • GLS | 3 – 5 working days
  • Ireland:
    • DPD | 5 – 6 working days
    • GLS | 5 – 6 working days
  • Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania:
    • DPD | 5 – 6 working days
    • GLS | 4 – 5 working days
  • France:
    • DPD | 3 – 4 working days
    • GLS | 5 – 6 working days
  • Finlad, Greece:
    • DPD | 5 – 6 working days
    • GLS | 6 – 7 working days
  • Croatia:
    • DPD | 1 – 2 working days
    • GLS | 1 – 2 working days
  • Germany:
    • DPD | 2 – 3 working days
    • GLS | 3 – 4 working days
  • Portugal, Spain:
    • DPD | 4 – 5 working days
    • GLS | 5 – 6 working days
  • Slovenia:
    • DPD | 1 – 2 working days
    • GLS | 1 – 2 working days

The product page states who the truffle hunter is, or the seller. Visit his virtual store and use the contact form below the seller’s profile picture / logo. You will receive an answer from the seller as soon as possible.

Truffle grading is an unavoidable practice in the world of truffle hunters, because it determines the quality and price of truffles. In our market, the classification of truffles is done by individual truffle hunters in accordance with the UNECE standard for truffles, which states the following:

Truffles are classified into three classes:

  • “Extra” class – truffles in this class are of superior quality and are representatives of their specie. They are more or less regular and round in shape. They must be free from defects, with the exception of minor defects to the shape and color, provided that such defect does not significantly impair the appearance and quality of the truffles.
  • 1st Class – Truffles in this class are allowed to have defects, provided that they do not significantly impair the appearance and quality of truffles, such as: defects in appearance, defects in development, color defects, surface bruising.
  • 2nd class – this class contains all those truffles that do not meet the previous criteria, but meet the minimum requirements. Greater defects in shape, development, color and bruising is allowed here.

All three classes must meet the minimum requirements. So, truffles must be:

  • Intact. However, cuts are allowed.
  • Firm.
  • Sound. Produce affected by rotting or deterioration such as to make it unfit for consumption is excluded.
  • Clean. The residual soil rate must not exceed 5 % by weight.
  • Positively identifiable.
  • Practically free from pests and from damage caused by pests.
  • Free from damage caused by frost.
  • Free of abnormal external moisture.
  • Free of any foreign smell and/or taste.

During the transport of fresh truffles, moisture evaporates, and a weight deviation of about 10% from the advertised weight is possible. This is a normal phenomenon that cannot be avoided and is not a permissible reason for a complaint.

Keep in mind that not all scales are created equal, so your scale may show different values than the seller’s.

In order to become a seller on the istriantruffles.eu marketplace, you must meet several prerequisites:

  1. You may only sell fresh truffles.
  2. You must have a valid permit from the Ministry of Economy to collect truffles for commercial purposes (for private persons) or a registered company/trade (for legal persons).
  3. Open giro account.
  4. Signed contract with the company Punta verde business solutions jdoo as the sole owner of the website istriantruffles.eu.

For more information, see the instructions for sellers or contact us at info@istriantruffles.eu.

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