Growing of bianchetto – tuber borchii
Tuber borchii is an edible truffle with excellent culinary qualities, commonly called bianchetto (whitish truffle).
Bianchetto has a size of a pea to an egg and its color ranges from pale yellow to reddish brown. The peridium is smooth or finely pubescent, especially in the gaps. That is why it is confused, accidentally or deliberately, the Piedmont white truffle (T. magnatum).
It is collected from winter to spring (January 15-April 30 in Italy), unlike the T. magnatum is collected in autumn and early winter. Its market price is around 300-400 € / kg.
This truffle fruits throughout Europe, from Finland to Sicily and from Ireland to Hungary and Poland. In the Iberian Peninsula, T. borchii has been found in Andalusia, Castilla León and Portugal.