Route 44, a picturesque road that leads to the renowned truffle forests in Istria, Croatia, serves as the inspiration behind ROOT44, our plant-based fine foods online shop. This road, meandering through the natural landscapes of Istria's Green interior, offers a glimpse into the bountiful treasures of the region while showcasing its culinary heritage, wines, and architectural marvels. Personally, Route 44 holds a deep significance, evoking memories of family visits to medieval towns that have been home to loved ones for generations. With each journey along this road, I am reminded of the simple yet extraordinary meals created from fresh ingredients, guaranteeing a truly fulfilling experience for anyone who ventures to Istria.
A Journey through Time and Nature:
Driving along Route 44 in Istria's culinary heartland, one cannot help but be captivated by the enchanting atmosphere that fills the air. As the windows open on a sunny spring or fall day, the refreshing mountain breeze from the northeastern Dinaric Alps and Učka mountain range caresses the senses. Inhale deeply, and the sweet fragrance of blooming trees and wildflowers intermingles with the earthy notes, emanating from the rich soil. The scenic route unveils rolling vineyards, olive groves, and, most notably, the fabled truffle forests. The experience is heightened by the sight of Motovun, an ancient fortified town perched atop a hill, carrying echoes of the Celtic, Illyrian, and Venetian civilizations that once thrived here. Indeed, Route 44 is a road that beckons exploration, inviting travelers to immerse themselves in the region's history and natural beauty.
Personal Connections and Culinary Delights:
For me, Route 44 holds a special place in my heart as it embodies familiarity, groundedness, and cherished memories. It is a road that leads to the homes of my ancestors, where medieval towns have been nurturing generations of my family since the late 1800s. Gazing upon the hills adorned with olive groves, vineyards, and farmland, I recall the tireless labor of my grandparents and relatives, who would dedicate themselves to toiling in these fields for countless days. Others would venture into the neighboring forests in pursuit of truffles, returning before daybreak, bearing the spoils of their successful hunts. As a child, I was awakened by the delightful aromas and sounds emanating from my dear Aunt Anita's kitchen, where she expertly combined freshly picked truffles with farm-fresh eggs to create delectable scrambled truffle dishes. These experiences ingrained in me the understanding that the most extraordinary meals are often derived from the simplest and freshest ingredients. Every visit to Istria guarantees a culinary journey of unparalleled delights, and I assure you that your taste buds will be enthralled when you embark on this remarkable adventure.
It is my absolute pleasure to show you first hand the finest of Istria:
Driving along Route 44 in Istria, Croatia, is a transformative experience that encompasses nature's wonders, cultural heritage, and the gastronomic delights of the region. This scenic road, winding through Istria's Green interior, opens the door to a world where history, architecture, and culinary excellence converge. I invite you to join us on our small-group Culinary and Cultural Bucket List Tours to Istria, where you can indulge in the splendor of Route 44 and immerse yourself in the magic it offers. To learn more about this extraordinary opportunity and secure your spot, please visit https://root44.ca/pages/travel.
Wanda Srdoc, Founder Root44