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Truffle

The truffle is a mysterious and unique tuber, completely concealed underground. It does not dispose of a plant suspended above the ground and therefore, no human being is able to spot it, except for a well-trained dog tracing it by smell.

The land of our heart-shaped peninsula consists of two types of soil texture; the intensely red one in the coastal area and of the grey, clayish one in its central part. The truffle grows exactly in this grey soil, its epicenter being in the damp Motovun forest constantly moistened by the Mirna river flowing through its woods. To be more precise, it is mainly spotted in the County District of Oprtalj, by the townlet of Livade, and in the Buzet area, where Buzet has already been renowned as the TRUFFLE PLACE.

The white Istrian truffle is one of the most highly appraised truffle species in the world.

The dark Istrian truffle grows in summer and winter, the white grows in autumn.

And after all, what is a truffle really? Perhaps an odd looking potato-like bulb of highly unpleasant smell, but once you get used to it and its culinary uniqueness, you become its true and eternal admirer. You tend to get addicted to it as one does to any other worldly vice.

Source:  Istra Gourmet

Asparagus

Wild asparagus is a self-propagating plant, harvested in spring and found in woods, meadows and other humid environs. Unlike garden asparagus which is cultivable, wild asparagus (Asparagus acutifolius L) is not.

Slightly bitter, its soft stems are ideal with eggs. In Dalmatia, asparagus is typically served in salads with hard boiled eggs, but in Istria it is traditional to serve wild asparagus in scrambled eggs or frittatas. Other Istrian preparations include wild asparagus with cuttlefish, pasta, risotto, and pâté of wild asparagus.

Bon appétit!

Source: Istra Gourmet

 

ISTRIAN LIQUID GOLD

Anything can be compared to this opaque, gold-coloured extra vergin olive oil; it is absolutely unique. The most valued vegetable fat in a human diet, it is a body care product, it is an elixir of life.

Istria disposes of an unrivalled legacy, an excellent climate conditions and soil structure, a favourable geographic position, skills handed down from our ancestors , and believe it or not, olive oil produced in Istria that was once considered the most exquisite oil of the entire Roman Empire. There is also plenty of material evidence: remnants of diverse ancient oil manufactories along the entire western coast, particularly on the Brijuni archipelago (National parc), in the towns of Barbariga, Porec and Cervar Porat.

Istria has been proclaimed  the world´s highest quality olive region (2017) in the oli guide Flos Olei, the world´s only extra vergin olive oil guide. A whopping 60 Istrian olive growers and oil producers were classified alongside the 500 best olive oils from around the world.

For further information about excellence across Istria: www.istra.com/gourmet-app

Our personal recommendation for quality and homemade extra virgin olive oil that is exclusively natural (bio), without pesticides, artificial and strong grassing and irrigation is www.opg-bubicic.hr. It is a small agricultural farm from Dračevac near Žbandaj and Poreč

 

THE RICH WINE PRODUCTION OF VIŠNJAN

Families engaged in agriculture have been living on this fertile soil for centuries. Surely you have noticed winery directional signs along your journey. Indeed, they lead to our winemakers, and this area is extremely well known for its high-quality wines and sparkling wines.

However, we can say that, in the last twenty years or so, it was the third generation that really made a leap in our wine history. In fact, wine was produced only in small quantities and primarily for family needs, similar to olive oil, in a large part of Istria.

At the beginning of the new millennium, many young residents in the Višnjan area decided to take a more serious approach to wine production, raise its quality, invest in technology and undergo continuous education in order to start up a successful business.

Today, these people, who are known for their products not just locally but also abroad, proudly market their products all over Croatia and Europe, and represent a part of the wine milieu that brings profit to this beautiful region.

(Fair Vinistra – if you miss your chance this summer, we suggest you try quality wines from the Croatian peninsula at a unique location, namely the wine fair “Vinistra”, which is held each year in mid-May in the city of Poreč.)

 

Žiković Željko Malvazija istarska, Chardonnay, crno stolno vino,
Žiković Valter Cabernet Sauvignon, Malvazija istarska
Radovan Franko Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Teran, Refošk, Malvazija istarska, Chardonnay
Pulin Roberto Malvazija, Borgonja, Bikova krv, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Teran, Muškat žuti, Muškat ruža, Ljubavno vino
Prodan Adriano Cabernet Sauvignon, Teran, Malvazija, Chardonnay, Muškat žuti
Poletti Peter Cabernet Sauvignon,  Malvazija istarska, Chardonnay, Rossella, Merlot, Teran
Poleis Ivan Cabernet Sauvignon, Borgonja, Malvazija istarska, Chardonnay, Rose
Peršurić Mario Cabernet Sauvignon, Teran, Malvazija istarska, Chardonnay
obitelj Peršurić Đordano Pjenušava vina, Misal
Matić Milenko Malvazija, Chardonnay, Muškat žuti, Muškat ruža, Sauvignon
Corlevich Dario Malvazija istarska, Teran, Cabernet Sauvignon
Bernobić Marko  Teran, Malvazija istarska, Rose, Muškat žuti
Bernobić Guido Cabersovin, Chardovin, Muškatelo, Muškatelo rose,Teranin,  Malvazija istarska,