A unique experience you may have in Istria: Truffle hunting!
Truffles grow in the inland of Istria, in the humid and grey soil of the forests near Motovun while the Mirna River is running through it. This gastronomic treasure can only be located with specially trained dogs.
It is said to be an aphrodisiac, Istrian gold and the king of Istrian gastronomy. This tuber of intense smell, yet unattractive in appearance, presents an ultimate gastronomic experience. The truffle was considered a special delicacy as early as Roman times, but in recent years it has become more praised than ever before. It is the source and inspiration of numerous gourmet achievements, in perfect harmony with starters, salads, main courses, and even desserts. So don’t be surprised if you happen to be offered truffle ice cream or truffle cake!
Every truffle you taste is the result of perfect harmony of nature, man and his best friend. Hidden underground in the thick forests of the Mirna river valley, truffles are successfully tracked by specially trained truffle hunting dogs with a keen sense of smell. It is a true delight of taste, smell and tradition. Istria is the region where the largest white truffle in the world was found, which, at 1.3 kilograms, made it into the Guinness Book of World Records!
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