Truffles are often called names such as a diamond of the kitchen and a fairy apple, which speaks a lot about their special status in the culinary world.
What are truffles?
A truffle is a fungus that grows underground. It can be also used as a spice. They are harvested with the help of truffle hunting dogs who sniff out their locations and alert their owners where to dig. In the past, truffle hunters used pigs because of their developed sense of smell.
This subterranean fungus is abundant in Croatia, especially in Istria, so you can be sure to find fresh truffles all year round.
Istrian truffles: one of the best in the world
There are four kinds of truffles you can taste in Croatian cuisine. The most prized and exclusive truffle is the White truffle (Tuber magnatum pico), famous for its nutty, earthy aroma. Because they don’t do well to high temperatures, as well as being extraordinary delicacies that should be enjoyed in its purest form, they are sliced very thinly and added as the last step before serving a meal. The White truffle is harvested from October to January.
The Black summer truffles (Tuber Aestivium) are harvested from May to November and are characterised by a much milder taste and smell.
The Black winter truffle (Tuber brumale Vittadini) is harvested from December to March and praised for its intense aroma. Lastly, the Black truffle (Tuber melanosporum Vittadini) is the second most expensive truffle in the world. This precious fungus is harvested all through winter and shines in many dishes.
Popular Croatian truffles recipes
Truffles go splendidly with fish and meat dishes but are most famous in combination with homemade pasta. If you have never tried this delicacy before, visiting Croatia is a perfect opportunity to do so. If you already are a true truffle fan, you should definitely try them in traditional Croatian cuisine. Don’t miss out on fuži (pasta) with truffles or beefsteak with truffles.
Fortunately, you don’t have to go truffle hunting to taste some of the best truffle dishes. Camping Village Šimuni has restaurants that serve delicious truffle dishes and healthy Mediterranean cuisine. Don’t just settle on reading about it, come to Camping Village Šimuni and taste it!