Hello, our name is Truffle 😀 there are many of us in this family, some are black ⚫️ while some are white ⚪️.

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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.

Tartufo bianco pregiato d'Alba
Tartufo nero estivo a fette
Uovo con tartufo

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.

Preserve fresh truffles
You can keep the fresh truffle in the refrigerator, wrapping it with kitchen paper (the common Scottex) and closing it in a glass jar with a lid, possibly airtight (this is to prevent the aroma of the truffle from dispersing throughout the fridge). In this way you can keep the truffle up to 5-7 days, remembering to change the absorbent paper that wraps it daily, the purpose of which is to absorb the humidity released by the truffle.
Dry the truffle
It is a technique for a few enthusiasts and which may be more difficult than others. You will need a good dryer that will keep the temperature of 25-26 ° C for 48 hours. The procedure itself is very simple: slice the truffle into thin slices and place them in the dryer. Leave them to dry at 25 ° C for 48 hours and then transfer them to airtight jars. To use these slices of truffles, you can soak them in warm water: this water, properly filtered, will be very scented with truffles and you can use it to season your dishes!
In butter
Another way to preserve truffles for a long time is with butter. You will need muffin or ice cups. In a pan, melt the butter and wait until it becomes liquid and hot, but without frying it. At this point, add the sliced truffle to the butter and mix gently. As long as the butter is still liquid, pour the mixture into the muffin or ice molds and allow to cool. When they are cold, put them in the freezer: in this way you will already have the single portions of truffle butter, ready for your tagliolini! You can keep the truffle in butter in the freezer for up to 6 months.
Freeze the truffle
It is the easiest way to preserve the truffle for a long time, but if you do not have a good freezer, or a blast chiller, with this technique we could lose the truffle aroma. Brush and wash the truffle well under running water. Let it dry for a few minutes and then place it in the freezer in freezer bags. You can keep the truffle like this for up to 6 months.