Truffle heaven in Croatia

The truffles from Istria may not be as famous as those of Italy's Alba or France's Perigord, but Istrian truffle is recognised to be of a superior grade

Lola races ahead, darting around and sniffing the base of oak trees.

I watch the three-year-old cocker spaniel as we tread deeper into Croatia's dense Motovun forest, which is now shedding its greens for the yellows and burnt oranges of autumn. 

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on February 25, 2018, with the headline 'Truffle heaven in Croatia'. Print Edition | Subscribe