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Tuscany: San Miniato White Truffle Fair – November

Dec 19th, 2008 | By | Category: Property of the Week

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The countryside around San Miniato, found in the Pisa Province of Tuscany, is spectacular, especially as the sun sets.  San Miniato is one of the most productive truffle-rich areas Europe. The white truffle (which is usually a pale ochre in colour) that grows in the San Miniato Hills is the most valuable type known

This territory produces 25% of Italy’s celebrated white truffle production so it’s logical that each November on the second, third and fourth weekends–in the heart of the regulated truffle gathering season–a truffle fair is held in the high town. San Miniato comes alive, with displays, theater performances, fine dining in homes, palazzi, and restaurants, and even marching bands. It’s a great time to visit the medieval gem of a town, San Miniato.

There are numerous other agricultural products that contribute to the taste and flavours of San Miniato cookery. The wines and olive oils are the produce of a territory that is particularly suited to them, especially the production of Vin Santo (sweet raisin wine), made from the white San Colombano grape variety. The artichoke of San Miniato, one of the most abundant and flavourful varieties, was famous even in the Medicean times.

The Kentucky variety of tobacco has been imported from America for two centuries for production of the “Sigaro Toscano”, the Tuscan cigar. The quasi-Romanesque shape of the tobacco drying sheds, similar to those found in Cuba, punctuates the San Miniato landscape. The culture of food and its flavours has undergone a notable revival during the past 30 years. The treatment and preparation of pork and blood products has once again come to life in the Longobard and medieval centre of San Miniato. The art of baking and Mediterranean treatment of flour also makes our pastries and baked goods excellent. Wonderful flavours still today come from the refectories of ancient convents, mediaeval tertiaries and over thirty manorial farms that were already listed in a feudal deed dating back to the year 938 A.D.

So, come along with us as we explore the Tuscan village of San Miniato during its annual truffle fair.

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