November in Florence not only means that winter is coming (Game of Thrones reference totally intended), temperatures start to drop, and they bring with them one of the most exciting times of the year for foodies from all over the world. Truffles! White truffles to be exact.
Truffles are a top Italian fall culinary item, and are celebrated with truffle fairs and festivals in central and northern Italy. Truffles can be found primarily in the regions of Piedmont, Tuscany, Umbria, and Le Marche. Near Florence, of course, people from all over the world visit the Sagra del Tartufo Bianco in the town of San Miniato.
The fair is not only a treat for people who want to buy and taste the best truffles Tuscany has to offer, but it is also a great excuse to visit this beautiful medieval town, where 25% of Italy’s white truffles are produced. Growing symbiotically with oak, hazel, poplar and beech and fruiting in autumn, truffles can reach 12 cm in diameter and 500 g, though are usually much smaller. Italian white truffles are very highly esteemed and are the most valuable on the market. How valuable, really? In 2001, truffles sold for between $2000–$4500 pera kg, whereas as of December 2009 they started being sold at around $14,203.50 per kilogram!
Know what the biggest truffle found in these parts weighed? More than 2.5 Kilograms. This incredible, huge truffle was gifted to President Truman in 1954! Nice gift, Italy.
The San Miniato Sagra del Tartufo Bianco will be held on the second, third, and fourth weekends of November, so now you know, if you’ve never tried truffles, or are a truffle aficionado then this incredible Tuscan fair is for you!