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1ClassyLady 68F
3120 posts
11/27/2018 10:02 am
Truffle hunting experience in Trevi city, Umbria region

On Oct 27, 2018 we went to a farmer's house. When we arrived, they drove five 4-wheel-drive cars and took us to have "Truffle" hunting experience. They brought two special dogs to sniff where the "truffle" located. (They have 4 those dogs can sniff truffle, but only brought 2 dogs with them that day)

Do you know what "Truffle" is? 【植】塊菌(一種食用菌)It is fungus that near pine tree root. Truffle is very expensive at restaurants. Only fancy restaurants have truffles. Because truffles are very rare to find. When the 2 dogs found Truffle and ran back to the owner, they got reward of cookie. Photo 2 shows how many Truffle they found that morning. We walked to their sheep group where they have about 15 "sheep dogs" to watch for their 200+ sheep. Those "sheep dogs" gather sheep to eat grass and changing place. The owners trust those sheep dogs doing their jobs. Sheep dogs don't sniff Truffles. Different dogs have different jobs.

The owners cooked scramble eggs from a propane gas stove. Then he washed the Truffles and sprinkled Truffle pieces on scramble eggs for each of us. I didn't taste the Truffles favor. Truffle is not sweet, not spicy, not salty. The salt is on scramble eggs. Well, this is my first time eating "Truffle". Each of us got a cup of red wine and played with sheep dogs. See photo 3.

The husband was born and raised in New Zealand (speak English). I am the only one in 15 persons group #1 have been to New Zealand. The husband came to Italy without speak any Italian. He met his wife and fell in love with her and married the Italian wife. They went back to NZ for honeymoon. They have a and a . We saw their but he wasn't at kitchen when picture was taken (photo 4). His wife cooked lunch pasta that she made from flour mixed with eggs. I found out all farmer's wive make pasta themselves not cook from the dry pasta.

They have sheep, dogs, docks, chicken, and a Vietnamese pig, .... Any unfinished food will give to that pig. Another connection with local Italian farmer.

Honesty is the best policy.

1ClassyLady 68F
3289 posts
11/27/2018 10:35 am

I saw they hang the 5 or 6 "preserved beef legs" that grew mold on them. They sliced into very thin pieces for everyone. I only ate one very thin piece of that grew mold preserved beef because I am afraid of mold on meat. OMG, eat preserved beef with mold outside. I don't like it. I like fresh ham instead.

Honesty is the best policy.

1ClassyLady 68F
3289 posts
11/27/2018 10:27 am

The NZ husband wore a shirt with "Truffle" word on it. There are mostly farmers live in Tuscany and Umbria regions. They all have many animals.

This couple own about 500 - 600 acre of land for vineyard. Italians drink red wine or white wine for lunch and dinner. They drink coffee many times a day which I can't drink after 11 am, or else, I can't sleep at night. They eat pasta daily.

Honesty is the best policy.