The Anuga Fair “Taste The Future” takes place in Cologne every two years and is recognized as the most important international fair for the food and beverage industry…

Tasting the oil is a true technique and has strict rules to be observed. For this reason, there are experienced tasters titled to judge the merits and defects of each type of oil.

To evaluate the quality of an oil, use a special glass, precisely a blue glass and follow very specific behavioral dictates:

  • Do not smoke in the  30 minutes before tasting;
  • Do not eat in the 30 minutes before the tasting;
  • Do not use perfumes or cosmetics to avoid altering the perception of the smell of oil;
  • Ensure your health: even a simple cold may alter the perception of smell / flavor of the oil. In this regard, it is advisable to test the oil only in perfect health conditions.

This very precious black truffle grows underground in beechwood and oak tree forests in the Upper Sele, in the province of Salerno and precisely in the areas around Colliano to whose name it is linked, Valva and Laviano, It grows at rather high quotes starting in the 800s up to 1500 meters above the sea level, in symbiosis, with oak and beechwood trees, also with carpine, elm, maple and hazelnut trees, in soils poor of lime and rich in humus.

Its dimension can change from that of walnut to a chicken egg, it has a regular shape and has a central dimple. The external part, the peridum, is black and wrinkly with medium size veins, while the internal part is of a yellowish or brownish colour with clear tinges and it has a very strong scent. It matures between October and April, when the harvest starts, the truffle are found exploiting the instinct and olphattive capacity of dogs trained in being able to sniff the truffle, research it and to respond to the truffle collector commands.

The dogs with its nose to the ground, go all over the place until it can find the exact spot the tuber is. Once spotted, it starts digging and its owner who is observing every move, intervenes with a short-handle tool shaped like a pick, helping the dog dig to prevent the fruit from being ruined with the nails dog and also to avoid straining the dog. Once the truffle is extracted, the truffle collector fills the hole up again with the dugout soil; this is a very important operation for the preservation of the productive state of the truffle ground.