The truffle, the Alba mystery that bewitched Hitchcock

tartufo d'alba

Alfred Hitchcock said he came to Alba attracted by the mystery surrounding the truffles, so much so as to want to make a film about them.

It is the true “jewel” of this land, one which is jealously guarded. It has become a part of the collective imagery: from the poet Juvenal (who identified its origins as having come from a lightening bolt thrown by Jupiter near an oak tree) to Gioacchino Rossini (for him it was “the Mozart of mushrooms”), to Alfred Hitchcock (who said he came to Alba attracted by the mystery surrounding the truffles, so much so as to want to make a film about them) to Marylin Monroe (who wrote to Giacomo Morra, the “king of truffles”, that she had «never tasted anything more flavourful and exciting: to you my special thanks for the pleasure that you brought to me. Your devoted and affectionate Marylin»). it’s all a blossoming of legends and testimonies by prestigious admirers.

To “unearth” a truffle, the searcher (trifolao) relies on the collaboration of a mixed breed dog, with a fine and well trained sense of smell – in the Langhe there even exists “the university of truffle dogs” – to identify the aroma of this mushroom. In the woods, when the dog smells the truffle, he indicates it to the searcher, who extracts it with maximum delicateness using a special small hoe.

The Tuber magnatum Pico (White Truffle of Alba or precious white), is… READ MORE on TargatoCN UK: http://uk.targatocn.it/2013/09/11/sommario/targatocn-uk/leggi-notizia/argomenti/typical-products/articolo/the-truffle-the-alba-mystery-which-bewitched-hitchcock.html#.UjB91GR82-U

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