Renowned gastronome Brillat-Savarin called truffles “the diamond of the kitchen” and we agree!
World-renowned for its unique and intense aroma and flavor, the white truffle ripens in the months of October and December. They grow underground in symbiosis with various types of trees, including beach, poplar and oak. The flesh is pale brown with white marbling. The highest quality white truffles are found in Piemonte (Alba) and Emilia-Romagna (Savigno). While historically pigs were used to dig up these precious tubers, these days dogs are trained to sniff them out. The dogs are easier to control but require much training.
In the Italian regions of Piedmont, Umbria and the French Burgundy region, the black truffles ripen from mid-November until mid-March. The Summer months bring these truffles as well. They grow underground in symbiosis with oak and hazelnut trees. While the aroma of the black truffle is not as pronounced as the white truffle, the price is significantly lower.
Enjoy with buttered pasta, scrambled eggs, risotto, or make last longer with by making truffle salt, butter, honey, flour....the options are endless! Get inspired and get creative.