Hello, our name is Truffle 😀 there are many of us in this family, some are black ⚫️ while some are white ⚪️.
What is truffle? How many are there? Where is it found and how is it collected?
On this page we will try to give you all the most important information about the truffle and its use in the kitchen.
Intoxicating scent, impossible not to recognize it.
Truffles are mycorrhizal fungi, and therefore grow close to the roots of trees such as oak, hazel, holm oak, poplar and willow. They are extremely valuable mushrooms, even if in nature there are species that are not very fragrant and appreciated from a gastronomic point of view.
In any case, the truffles emanate a typical penetrating and persistent scent that develops only after ripening and which has the purpose of attracting wild animals (pig, wild boar, badger, dormouse, fox), despite the covering of earth, to spread the spores contained and perpetuate the species.
Types of truffles
The most popular truffle species for gastronomic use
Black Summer Truffle
Tuber Aestivum Vittad. or black scorzone truffle.
Harvested from May to December, the black summer truffle, also known as the scorzone truffle, is the cheapest and least prized truffle of the truffle family.
Black Uncinato Truffle
Tuber Uncinatum Chatin o black uncinato truffle.
Similar to the black summer truffle, from which it takes its appearance, but with a more decisive and delicious aroma. Harvested from October to January.
Precious Black Truffle
Tuber Melanosporum or precious black truffle.
Harvested between November and March, the prized black truffle has a delicate and pleasant scent, with an almost sweetish taste.
Precious White Truffle
Tuber Magnatum Pico o white truffle.
Called tuber Magnatum - from the Latin magnatus that is for illustrious people, for magnates - for its great value, it is the most prized truffle. With an intense aroma and a delicate taste.
How to preserve the truffle?
Tips & Tricks
How to preserve fresh truffles?
We have collected 4 ways for you to preserve truffles and to always enjoy it at its best.