Istria and Truffles
In the 1st century A.D. the idea that this precious fungus developed from the combined action of water, heat and lightning was passed on by way of the Greek philosopher Plutarch of Chaeronea. Various poets derived inspiration from this; one of them, Juvenal, explained the truffle as originating from a bolt of lightning struck by Jupiter near an oak (a tree held to be sacred to the father of the Gods). As Jupiter was also renowned for his prodigious sexual activity, truffles have also always been attributed with strong aphrodisiac properties and healthy and long life.
Istria and Truffles
Istria is the place where the story of truffles began Centuries ago. From the ancient Sumerians, Greeks and Romans till today Istria is home for truffles, especially the biggest and the most respected of all truffles, white truffle TUBER MAGNATUM. Istrian truffles have a unique taste and their quality is particularly appreciated. Once you taste them, you will always want to return to them. Apart from giving truffles an exceptional flavour, the Motovun Forest, which hides them in its clayey soil, gives them a magical feel that appears in ancient legends and stories, some of which live on today.
Truffles are an integral part of the mysterious, deep, introverted and fascinating spirit of Istria. Tuber Magnatum are found
exclusively in Istria/Croatia and Alba/ Piedmont/Italy. For decades, it has been smuggled out of Istria in order to enrich the taste of various European cuisines where its origins have constantly been kept in concealment. Rare and intense Istrian TUBER MAGNATUM have extraordinary value and he is around 80% of Istrian truffle crop. The biggest white truffle ever found was 1,310 kg weight and he is found in Istria and entered in a Guinness Book of Record.
Sometimes called “new Tuscany”, Croatian peninsula of Istria is the largest, heart-shaped peninsula in the Adriatic Sea. Istria is located in front of Venice, only 100 km just across the Adriatic Sea and between the Gulf of Trieste and the Bay of Kvarner.
The scenic interior of Istria, like green rolling hills, drowned valleys and fertile plains, attract artists and artisans to its hilltop villages and to the verdant indented coastline which is enormously popular with the sunnsea set.
Organized tourism in Istria goes back to the old Romans, when the emperor, for the entertainment of that time, built the amphitheatre - Arena in the City of Pula, which is among the six largest surviving Roman arenas in the World. Today, Istria is a very popular tourist destination and is very well connected by the Air, Sea and the Road. In Istria maintains Film Festival, ATP Tour - Tennis Tournament, and the Arena is used as a venue for many concerts by famous artists, from Luciano Pavarotti, Andrea Bocelli till Elton John, Sting, Tom Jones, Michael Bolton, Alanis Morissette, 2Cellos and more.
In the near from Pula are Brijuni, group of fourteen small islands. Famous for their scenic beauty, the islands are a holiday resort and a National Park and there are several archaeological and cultural sites. Brijuni are very rich with the history. From 1945 till 1980, in the time of old President Tito, almost 100 foreign heads of state visited Tito on Brijuni, along with film stars including Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Sophia Loren, Carlo Ponti, and Gina Lollobrigida.
Except for truffles, Istrian gastronomy is known by its huge diversity. Pasta, gnocchi, risotto and polenta, as well as its high-quality vegetables accompany main dishes, as an Italian heritage. At the coast, fresh fish and seafood are a tradition. Scampi is the favourite, together with squid and sole. In the inland, air-cured ham (Istrian Prsut) and sausages are
the highlights. Istria is a land of truffles and vineyards. Wines are sweet and fruity, with a wide variety of grapes present, such as white malvasia, red teran and muscat.
Welcome to Istria and enjoy Istria, truffles and Life and Passion.