The San Miniato hills are a perfect environment for the growth of the Tuber Magnatum Pico (the scientific name for the famous white truffle). The vegetation and trees of the area generate an ideal climate and an ecosystem left uncontaminated even today. This area is home to an abundance of white truffles, the most prestigious of the tubers, and a substantial truffle harvest takes place between September and December, yielding dozens and dozens of kilograms’ worth.
Between January and April, however, in the same area, it’s time for the Marzuolo Truffle (Tuber Albidum Pico); and from May to September, the Scorzone black truffle (Tuber Aestivum Vitt.).
The towns home to the “tuber” straddle the provinces of Pisa and Florence. Among them are Bientina, Capannoli, Chianni, Lajatico, Lari, Palaia, Volterra, Barberino Val d'Elsa, Cerreto Guidi, Certaldo, Gambassi, Montaione and Montespertoli.