L'oronero - Black Truffles

Fresh Truffle

Fresh Truffle

Each season has its own kind of truffle.

Delicious truffle, conserved in salty water, with neither colorants nor added preservatives. 

White Truffle Cream

White Truffle Cream

Delicious cream obtained from the most valuable variety of truffle, the white one.

It brings an intense and pleasing flavour, with neither colorants nor added preservatives, in order to bring out the best from your dishes.

Black Truffle Cream

Black Truffle Cream

Delicious cream obtained from the summery black truffle.

With neither colorants nor added preservatives, this cream is especially recommended for your first dishes.

Truffle Delicacies 

Truffle Delicacies 

For those looking for something special…

Salami, cheese, pasta, digestif and much else besides. 

Truffle Flavoured Seasoning

Truffle Flavoured Seasoning

A classy touch for every types of dishes, either warm or cold. 

Gift Wrapping

Gift Wrapping

A gift for every occasion. 

About us

Oronero Tartufi is a registered trademark of the agricultural estate “Tenuta Il Melograno”. Our farm boasts a long experience in the knowledge of quality truffles collected in the Abruzzo region. We own truffle grounds in the Province of Chieti, between the Maiella mountains and the Adriatic sea, in fertile soils dedicated to the cultivation of truffles, olives, vines and other excellences of the regional agricultural production.

We select our products with professionalism and competence. In the farm there are also limited productions of other quality crops, also used for the transformation of the truffle, such as extra virgin olive oil, various spices, grapes, hazelnuts and walnuts.

Lastly, “Tenuta il Melograno” follows its customers with assistance and targeted events even in their sales points, for the best use of our productions, with traditional culinary recipes, for the best transformation, better appreciation and knowledge of the truffle.

A guide for a better knowledge of the truffle

The truffle, belonging to the tuber family, is an underground fungus that develops its life cycle mainly in the subsoil, living in symbiosis with roots and plants. It grows spontaneously in the woods near trees and shrubs such as oaks, larches, linden and olive trees, hazels and hornbeams.

Abruzzo is rich in features that favor the growth of truffles: there are vast olive groves but also pine forests, oak woods, lime trees, cypresses and poplars in the surrounding mountains. The rivers provide the soil with the right amount of water, mineral salts and limestone.

Depending on their species, truffles ripen at different times of the year.

In Abruzzo they grow:

White truffle (Tuber magnatum Pico);

White spring truffle or “Bianchetto” (Tuber borchii Vitt.);

Black truffle or “Perigord truffle” (Tuber melanosporum Vitt.);

Black summer truffle (Tuber aestivum Vitt.);

Burgundy truffle ((Tuber aestivum Vitt. Var. uncinatum Chatin);

Smooth black truffle (Tuber macrosporum Vitt.);

Black Winter truffle or “Brumale” (Tuber brumale Vitt. Var. brumale);

Ferry Muscat truffle (Tuber brumale Vitt. forma moschatum Ceruti);

Ordinary black truffle (Tuber mesentericum Vitt.);

 (Tuber magnatum Pico)

It is considered the prized truffle par excellence for its unmistakable and very rare characteristics and also for the scarcity of specimens that are found every year. 

Peridium: smooth, variable in color from yellow to gray, sometimes with brown-rust shades;

Maturation period: the optimal period is from October to December and is evidenced by the intense aroma and the darker color of the gleba.

 (Tuber borchii Vitt.)

The grouping of “Bianchetti” includes several species among which the best is the T. borchii or T. albidum also called “Marzuolo” or “pineta truffle”; among the other non-marketable species we find T. maculatum, T. foetidum, T. puberulum, T. dryophilum.

Peridium: smooth, whitish or yellowish tending to reddish, it has small colorless bristles which are also found in mycorrhizae and which represent a distinctive character with respect to the more prized T. magnatum;

Maturation period: from the end of December to the end of April;

(Tuber melanosporum Vitt.)

The most prized variety of black truffle.

Peridium: wrinkled black, little pronounced warts, depressed at the apex with reddish tones at the base. These characteristics are typical of melanosporum and make it possible to distinguish it from other species of black;

Maturation period: November to March.

The most recurrent plants in symbiosis are: the oaks (downy oak in particular but also holm oak), the hazel, the black hornbeam and the cistus.

(Tuber aestivum Vitt.)

The most common variety of truffle.

Peridium: black with pronounced and pyramidal coarse warts;

Maturation period: from May to September.

(Tuber aestivum vitt. var. uncinatum chatin)

Due to its characteristics in common with the summerish, it was considered a variety of summer black; recently, it has been ascertained by molecular means that it is an unique species. However, Italian and French legislation consider T.aestivum and T. uncinatum as two distinct species, in order to promote the latter, which is much better than T. aestivum.

Peridium: black in color with coarse warts but less pronounced than in summer.

Maturation period: from September to December.

Cultivated and controlled truffle

Both the realization of cultivated truffle grounds and the management of those controlled presuppose the planting of truffle plants previously mycorrhized with the various species of truffle. Today the production of mycorrhizal seedlings takes place following a specific nursery technique adopted by various specialized public and private nurseries at national and regional level.

The result of a cultivated truffle ground fundamentally depends on the choice of the best plant-truffle combination with respect to the soil and climatic conditions of the area.

Truffle picking

The harvest activity is governed by the Italian Law No. 752 of 16-12-1985 which represents the national regulatory framework for the sector and the Abruzzo Regional Law No. 66 of 21-12-2012. Below is the calendar for the collection of the nine species of truffle included in the Abruzzo Region legislation mentioned above.

Harvesting is normally allowed in the periods indicated below:

Tuber magnatum: from October 1st to December 31st;

Tuber melanosporum: from November 15th to March 15th;

Tuber brumale Var. moschatum: from November 15th to March 15th;

Tuber aestivum: from May 1st to November 30th;

Tuber uncinatum Chatin: from October 1st to December 31st;

Tuber brumale: from January 1st to March 15th.

To exercise harvesting in natural woods and uncultivated land, you need to have: a card that enables this discipline, a small hoe or spade and a dog trained to search the truffle.

Contact us

Tenuta Agricola “Il Melograno” 
Pescara (PE) – Italy
V.A.T. reg. no: 0223 261 0689