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.