A Gourmet Specialty
Its Latin name sounds fancy: Tuber Magnatum Pico. But the white truffle looks like a small knobbly potato and its pungent smell and aroma is reminiscent of damp earth, rotten wood and some even say smelly old socks! Its taste is definitely one that's a bit surprising and even strange at first, but once it etches itself into your culinary memory, you'll be craving this smelly tuber. In Istria, it's a local speciality that's on almost all the menus of its traditional taverns, called konoba, where it's generously grated on dishes of fresh pasta or mixed into soft cheese. Epicureans also swear that it's perfect with vanilla ice cream, and you can even find truffle-infused products like chocolate, olive oil, honey, pasta and even crisps.