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Woodland mushrooms

Woods are the symbol of a true territory, a land where, day after day, people wish to stay even after the massive emigration towards the coast. Among its range of products, chestnuts, walnuts, strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, juniper, a very special tribute has been give to truffle regarded as a king surrounded by the members of its court: mushrooms

Typical areas are: the interior of Pesaro and a part of Ascoli Piceno-first then Macerata and finally Ancona. The most popular are: the White, tuber magnatum Pico, (once wrongly referred to of Alba and Acqualagna only), which is the highest quality and the most delicate of its kind. It’s possible to find it in the areas of Acqualagna, Sant’ Angelo in Vado and Sant’Agata Feltria (Pesaro), from October to December: the value Valuable Black, tuber melanosporum, from Norcia and Spoleto, the one referred by Gioacchino Rossini, who used to order it from France. 

It’s typical, from December to February, of Acqualagna (Pesaro) and Acquasanta Terme, Roccafluvione, Comunanza. Montefortino (Ascoli Piceno) or Camerino and Visso (Macerata), to be found under pine trees at the end of winter time at Fossombrone (Pesaro) or Scorzone, tuber aestivum and tuber uncinatum Chatin, in summer and winter, almost everywhere. No wards truffle is also cultivated artificially with specific techniques. 

The Pilot Centre of Sant’Angelo in Vado has created truffle plants that can be transplanted to increase forestation and truffle cultivation. The activity of preservation and of marketing has led to very good results, above all in Sant’Angelo in Vado, Acqualagna and Sant’Agata Feltria. Mountains keep up the tradition of picking and eating mushrooms at home. 

Some people who are fond of mushrooms have started some interesting mycological activities on the territory. There are many edible kinds of mushrooms: ceps, mushrooms of St. George, good ovules the most valuable ones, spugnole, prataioli, galletti, morette, mazze di tamburo, nebbiolo and many other types, traded on the local market.

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