Also known as white truffle of Alba or of Piedmont because it grows in abundance especially in this region, but it is also found in other areas of central Italy and the south of France with different quality characteristics for each range. Alba takes it name, but in Piedmont is present throughout the Monferrato, Langhe and Roero and in part of the Turin hills. It has a globular shape with many depressions on the rind that make it irregular. The outer surface is smooth and slightly velvety. The color varies from pale to dark cream to greenish. The flesh or gleba is unmistakable and is white or greyish yellow with thin white veins. Its pleasantly aromatic scent but different dall'agliaceo other truffles makes it unique. He lives in symbiosis with oaks, limes, poplars and willows and seldom found in conjunction with other truffles. The white truffle, for the birth and development needs special land with equally particular climatic conditions: The soil should be soft and humid for much of the year, must be rich in calcium and a good circulation of air. E 'therefore understandable that not all soils by such bodies and it is these environmental factors make the white truffle a rare and coveted fruit.
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