TRUFFLE FARMING AND TRUFFLE CULTURE: INVESTING IN AGRICULTURE TO EMBELLISH THE TERRITORY
Da Scheggino, patria mondiale del tartufo, nasce centottanta anni fa la famiglia Urbani, che da tempo pratica la tartuficoltura. Il mondo del tartufo ha bisogno di rigenerarsi e anche il bosco di rinnovarsi.
Reached by Giuseppe Cristini, director of the Academy of Truffles in the World, Francesco Loreti Urbani explains his idea of truffle and truffle cultivation. «From a simple seed, a plant is born that we mycorrhize and that we place in a calcareous, draining and sunny soil and then we indicate the production and cultivation process and then collect the truffles produced by these plants during their life. A unique relationship in the world that we establish with our truffle farmer. We give birth to truffles where there is none. Unfortunately, we have less production in a growing market and the only way is to use truffle cultivation as an asset for agriculture, exploiting poor and secondary land to create a main agriculture which is that of winter truffles. Francesco Loreti Urbani, who represents the fourth family generation, is sure of it: Truffleland is the future of truffles in all the Italian regions that have a vocation for truffles. An investment in agriculture especially for young people. »