At the very north of the beautiful Adriatic Sea lies the Istrian peninsula. Surrounded by the crystal clear sea, Istria hides a true natural treasure within its hinterland. In order to get to know and fully experience Istria with all your senses, you should go beyond the coast, reach Buzet and surrender yourself to the sensations of the town of truffles.
Buzet offers exquisite experiences for the most sensitive palates. It is home to extra virgin olive oils, cheeses, honey, brandies and wines of exceptional quality and the natural habitat of the most precious underground mushroom in the world – the truffle.
The core activity of our family business has been truffle hunting, preserved as a tradition through generations, as well as the distribution of our own products made from the Istrian truffle and finest natural ingredients to our customers and consumers.
During the white and black truffle growth season, we deliver fresh truffles to numerous restaurants and truffle lovers all over the country and the world.
Our vision is to be a respected and desirable business partner, recognized in the market and known for the flawless quality of its products and services. By building friendly relations and caring for nature, we seek to protect the interests of our customers, business partners and our living and working environment.
Our greatest value is our long-standing family tradition, with which we have created an original brand, offering the best flavors, tastes and experiences of Istria to everyone.
|100% MADE IN CROATIA|
All our products are made in Croatia, using produce from the pure and unspoiled Istrian nature.
The efforts, dedication and accountability of the whole family, and above all our passion and love of truffles – those are the ingredients that make our products special and give them their recognizable and irresistible flavor and aroma.
The entire process of truffle processing, storage and distribution is marked by high quality and the application of the HACCP standard.
Growing with nature.
The best that Istrian soil has to give. Delicious, divine, rustic, the pinnacle of gastronomic experience. Nature’s wonder, incomparable and irreplaceable.
The truffle is a subterranean fungus, growing in a symbiosis on the roots of certain kinds of trees, most commonly the oak, beech and hazelnut. In order to preserve the natural cycle and habitat of truffles, the sites of this treasure need to be handled in a conscientious and responsible manner, enabling the unimpeded continuation of the mycorrhiza. The Mirna river valley is the largest location where the Istrian white truffle is found.
There are several types of truffles growing in Istria, among which the Istrian white truffle (Tuber magnatum pico) is by far the best known and most prized. It matures from September until January. This is also the best period to enjoy this premium gastronomic delicacy. In winter, one can also find the black truffle of the Tuber brumale variety, and if you want to enjoy truffles all year round, the Tuber aestivum black truffle is there for you to savor, as well as some of the numerous truffle products from our range.
Lat. Tuber Magnatum Pico
The most highly valued among all types of truffles. During truffle season, this delicacy’s intense scent will draw any true truffle aficionado. It grows from September to January at 1 to 25 cm below ground and can be found at the roots of oak, beech and hazelnut trees. Its flesh is beige to ochre, interspersed with thin white veins. The white truffle is classified according to the weight of each piece, but whether you try just a small sample of a few grams or an extra-large specimen, the quality and aroma are always the same. It can also be eaten raw, without any thermal processing.
BLACK SUMMER TRUFFLE
Lat. Tuber aestivum
The black truffle that grows throughout summer until late fall is one of the most common black truffle types. It can be found at 1 to 10 cm below ground at the roots of hazelnut, poplar, oak, beech and pine trees. Its flesh is beige to light brown, interspersed with thin white veins. It has a milder, less intense aroma, but is still in high demand and adored by truffle lovers. It can be eaten raw or briefly cooked.
BLACK WINTER TRUFFLE
Lat. Tuber brumale
The most aroma-intensive tuber among black truffles has its season in winter, from September until January. Its flesh is dark brown, interspersed with thicker white veins. It can be found at 1 to 15 cm below ground at the roots of oak and hazelnut trees. It is recommended to cook it briefly before consumption.
PERIGORD BLACK TRUFFLE
Lat. Tuber melanosporum
The most highly valued among black truffles due to its distinctly intense flavor and aromatic scent. Its flesh is dark brown to black, interspersed with very thin white veins. It grows from January until spring at 1 – 20 cm below ground underneath hazelnut, oak and hop hornbeam trees. It is recommended to cook it briefly before consumption.
A truffle hunt is a special and unforgettable event for any fan of this subterranean mushroom. We will tell you a story of our family truffle hunting tradition and convey the full experience from the adrenaline and anticipation of seeking this treasure to preparing the joint find and enjoying the aromas and flavors of our truffle products and delicacies.
Visit us, treat yourself with unforgettable experience of truffle hunting and find out the story of this jewel of nature.
The hunt is unique, it requires patience and dedication, as well as a great love of this subterranean mushroom. The specific scent that comes from damp soil, mostly in oak woods, is impossible to discern for human senses, but a trained dog’s sense of smell will feel it and find the truffle.
By rapidly moving its paws, the dog points to the area where it has found a truffle, showing its owner the spot where this underground treasure can be unearthed.
Truffle dogs are highly prized and have been bred and trained for truffle hunting in our family over many generations.
Any time of day or night is suitable for truffle hunting. One can never know when truffles will release their magical scent, which makes truffle hunting always unique and adventurous.
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The long-standing tradition, the hard work and dedication of the whole family, and above all our passion and love of truffles – those are the ingredients that make our products special and give them their recognizable and irresistible flavors and aromas. Another particular reason to enjoy our products is that they are 100% Croatian and made from produce grown in the clean and unspoiled Istrian nature. We at Prodan Tartufi hope our products meet all your expectations and give you great enjoyment.
The gourmand cuisine of today cannot be imagined without this subterranean mushroom which is considered the pinnacle of world gastronomy and an exquisite ingredient for various dishes, from homemade Istrian pasta and boškarin beef to highest quality Adriatic fish. We believe that every great thing takes time. So take your time and surrender yourself to the adventure of flavors, aromas and sensations with Istria’s gold – the truffle. Time invested into right things will always bring you back to memories of those wonderful moments.
Ravioli stuffed with homemade cheese in truffle sauce
Time of preparation: 30 min
Ingredients (2 servings):
Cooking procedure: Melt the butter in a pan over low heat and add the Tartufata. Meanwhile, cook the ravioli and add a pinch of salt and two tablespoons of the ravioli cooking water into the pan. After 10 min of braising over low heat, add the cream and some parmesan in the pan. When ravioli are cooked, pour the sauce over them and then freely add parmesan and fresh truffles.
Truffle beefsteak in truffle and porcini sauce with pea puree
Time of preparation: 30 min
Ingredients (2 servings):
Cooking procedure: Melt the butter (30%) in a pan over low heat and add the truffle and porcini sauce. Meanwhile, put the peas with a pinch of salt in the water to cook. Season the steaks with salt and pepper. Prepare a grill pan for the beefsteak and cook until you’re satisfied. For a medium done steak, we recommend cooking the steaks for 8 minutes, two minutes each side for each steak. When finished, add a few drops of Worcestershire sauce and white truffle olive oil on the steaks. Add the remaining butter to the cooked and drained peas and strain everything together. When serving, pour the finished sauce over the steaks and grate some fresh truffles in your desired amount. Serve with the pea puree.
Gourmet’s truffle burger with beet chips
Time of preparation: 50 min
Ingredients (2 servings):
Cooking procedure: Wash the beets, cut them into thin slices and set them on parchment paper to bake in a pre-heated oven at 200°C. Cook the patties on a heated grill 3-4 minutes each side. Cut the buns in half and heat them on the grill. At the end of cooking, add the truffle cheese on the patties and keep grilling for a few more minutes until the cheese melts. Let the baked beets cool down and season them with salt and pepper. Place the lettuce and meat with cheese in the buns and add the White Tartufata sauce. Serve with beet chips.
Mediterranean salad with truffle cow’s cheese
Time of preparation: 10min
Ingredients (2 servings):
Cooking procedure: Wash the watercress and figs. Cut the figs into rings and cut the cheese into thin slices. Add salt, pepper, herbs, vinegar and black truffle olive oil.
Fresh whey cheese mousse with pear and black truffle marmalade
Time of preparation: 1h
Ingredients (2 servings):
Cooking procedure: Add vanilla to the heavy cream and mix for 3 minutes. Gradually add whey cheese and mix for another 3 minutes. Put the mix in the fridge for 1 hour. Serve with truffle marmalade.
Tagliatelle pasta with black truffle sauce
Time of preparation: 15 mins
Ingredients (2 servings):
Cooking procedure: Boil the salted water in a large pot and when boiling add fresh tagliatelle pasta and cook following the instructions on the packaging (usually it takes only 2-3 minutes).
In a larger saucepan melt the butter, add ready black truffle meal, 2 tbsp of pasta water and stir so it gets combined.
Remove from the heat and add cooked and drained pasta, add grated Parmesan cheese and stir well. At the end drizzle with a bit of extra-virgin olive oil and serve warm with some shaved Parmesan on top. Enjoy!
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