Truffles live in a natural symbiotic relationship (mycorrhiza) with forest trees and shrubs in most forest ecosystems.
Except for well-known nutritional importance and unique aroma of truffles, their reported biological activities have also drawn scientific attention as they are believed to have positive effects in the development of truffle-related products. They have positive impact on human health and well-being.
White truffles develop underground, at a depth of only a few and up to 30 cm. They are irregular in shape, can be from 2-6 (max. 20) cm in length and weigh in average 200-300 g, but can sometimes reach more than a kilogram. White truffles can be found in sandy-clay soils with a certain content of carbonates, in flood lowland forests in the humid valleys or gentle slopes. Tuber magnatum develops mycorrhiza with poplars, willows, hazel, oak and lime trees. Fruiting bodies of T. magnatum achieve maturity from September to December.