Elusive, astonishingly expensive, and beloved by top chefs and foodies, the truffle remains one of the world’s most sought after and intriguing ingredients. To get an idea of just how in-demand this tiny tuber is, consider some recent sales at auction: in 2014 a Sabatino truffle sold at Sotheby’s for $50,000, while a pair of white truffles went for over $300,00 in 2010. They are truly the ‘diamonds’ of the kitchen, as dubbed by French epicure Brillat-Savarin.
The traditional methods relied on for finding truffles are still practiced in parts of France and Italy. Truffle hunters head out into the woods with their hunting dog in search of this precious item. And here in Tuscany, we at ArtViva have arranged some truffle experiences sure to capture and convey what all the fuss is about! Led by an expert, fully licensed hunter – who also speaks English – discover this fascinating world with ArtViva’s Tuscan Truffle Hunt with Private Transportation, or our Truffle Walk in Tuscany (for those with their own car while visiting or who wish to arrange a taxi from nearby).
Both experiences conclude with a rustic, truffle-themed light lunch at the hunter’s home or in the garden. Before saying your goodbyes, you could have the chance to purchase some of the truffles unearthed on the hunt, at the current market value.