Tuber albidum Pico
Considered the lesser sibling of the white truffle, the Bianchetto truffle (Tuber albidum Pico) is also known as the whitish or spring truffle.
This truffle is generally found between January and April. The carpophore is of small-medium size, ranging between that of a pea and that of an apricot.
The peridium is highly variable in colour: yellow-ochre, rusty brown or even orange, often speckled.
The colour of the gleba evolves from a whitish colour in immature examples to a dark brownish-red in mature truffles, with large light-dark veins.
It has an intense, slightly brash flavour, with strong notes of garlic.
Its ideal use is creamed, with butter or in fresh pasta fillings.
Its intense aroma makes it ideal as an accompaniment even to more robust dishes than those recommended for the white truffle, as it imposes its strong personality on them.