In Micigliano, collecting truffles is an activity that has taken place for centuries. The first "miners" used the pig instead of the dog as an animal for research. The truffle is an underground fungus, belonging to the genus Tuber, that accomplishes its entire life cycle underground. The truffle is made up of more than 80% of water and mineral salts absorbed from the soil through the roots of the tree under which it lives. The quality of soil and nature of Micigliano makes for particularly delicious truffles.