When you’re truffle hunting, the nose knows when there’s something delicious ahead. Truffles are those highly sought-after delicacies that grow near the roots of trees, and they’re just one of the delicious foraged finds that have the culinary world abuzz. Join us on a journey to find the best places to hunt for truffles, wild plants, and other natural goodies around the globe.
Searching for the treasured truffle is a tradition that’s passed down from father to son in Tuscany. Follow a truffle hunter and his dog through the iconic countryside, working up a hearty appetite. Indulge your tastebuds with a truffle tasting at a local farmhouse, a delicious sample of la Dolce Vita. Experience it on our Taste of Italy suggested itinerary.
The biggest white truffle on record was found in Croatia, and Istria in the autumn is the ideal truffle hunting locale. Start your hunting in Motovun where you will visit a truffle hunter’s house. With his 40 years of experience, he knows just the place to lead you into the forest with his trained dogs. After the truffle hunt, you will learn how to prepare your finds and pair them with the local wine, cheese, and truffle-flavored honey.
Your Irish eyes and stomach will be smiling at BrookLodge in Ireland’s “Food Village” of Macreddin. The picturesque property serves up a Wild Foods Masterclass with chefs showing you how to forage for truffles, wild mushrooms, and other goodies found around the emerald countryside. You can dine on these finds at The Strawberry Tree, Ireland’s only certified organic restaurant, on The Foodie’s Ireland suggested journey.
There’s more to Transylvania than misty forests and mysterious castles. This part of the country is Romania’s truffle capital. The locals call truffles “mushrooms for pigs,” and it wasn’t until a few years ago that their value was realized and proper hunts were organized. Tucked under the centuries-old oak trees, you will find delicious truffles in the fall when their smell and flavor are the strongest.
It’s a food paradise down under. Australia’s west coast hosts fertile soil that is ideal for premium grapes and black truffles. Only a small touch of truffle is needed in any dish, since their flavor is so pungent and earthy. Digging into the ground in search of these local delicacies is like searching for hidden culinary gold. Our Explorer’s Australia suggested journey leads you along the Swan Valley Food and Wine Trail to taste the foraged fruits of the region.
It may not be something you have thought of doing before, but foraging for seaweed off Cornwall’s coast is truly an epicurean experience. Wade among the rocky tide pools to spot seaweed with a guide. Fine dining and coastal cuisine are relished in pretty fishing harbors with tiny towns replete with winding streets. You can even learn to prepare a few local specialties with a chef.
Just like Greece has numerous islands, its edible mushroom is just as plenteous. There are 150 varieties; the most common grows in fields and the rarest grows under the soil like buried treasure. Since there are some poisonous varieties, your best bet is to head off with a Ker & Downey guide who can tell you how to safely collect them.
Is your tummy grumbling yet? Contact our Ker & Downey travel designers to plan a truffle hunting experience in one of these delectable destinations.