The white truffle hunt (Tuber magnatum Pico)
From the middle of September to the end of December the truffle hunters from Alba scour the secret pathways among the hills of the Langhe and Roero areas.
Indeed the white truffle reaches maturity in autumn and is at its best from October onwards.
The truffle hunt usually takes place at night because the hounds are less disturbed and because the darkness hides the truffle hunter from curious eyes.
The hound is a man’s invaluable companion in the search for truffles; thanks to his well-trained nose he is able to track down the precious hypogeum fungus, which is then carefully extracted by the truffle hunter with a small hoe.