Fresh Black Winter Truffle
Fresh Black Winter Truffles are a very good alternative to the French Perigord Truffles. Now available most of the year-round as they forage in both the Northern & Southern hemisphere are opposing times of the year,
Fresh black winter truffles (Tuber melanosporum) are highly prized and sought-after culinary delicacies known for their intense aroma and earthy flavor. These truffles are typically harvested during the winter months, from December to February, primarily in regions such as France, Italy, and Spain.
Here are some key points about fresh black winter truffles:
Appearance: Fresh black winter truffles have rough, black outer skin, which is often covered in small warts or bumps. They have a round or irregular shape and range in size from a small walnut to a tennis ball. Aroma: These truffles possess a captivating and distinct aroma that is often described as musky, earthy, and reminiscent of chocolate, garlic, and hazelnuts. Their strong fragrance fills the air when they are ripe.
Flavor: The flavor of black winter truffles is rich, earthy, and complex. When properly ripened, they offer a unique taste that adds depth and complexity to various dishes. They are often considered more robust in flavor than their summer truffle counterparts.
Culinary Uses: Fresh black winter truffles are highly valued in gourmet cuisine. They are typically shaved or grated over dishes just before serving to enhance the flavors. They can be used in a wide range of recipes, including pasta dishes, risotto, scrambled eggs, sauces, and even desserts.
Availability and Storage:
Fresh black winter truffles are seasonal and have limited availability. They are best consumed as soon as possible after harvesting to experience their full flavor. However, they can be stored for a short period in the refrigerator.
It is recommended to wrap them in paper towels and store them in a sealed container or jar. They should be used within a week for the best quality. Culinary Pairings: Black winter truffles pair well with ingredients that complement their earthy flavors. Common pairings include butter, cream, cheese (such as Parmesan), eggs, poultry, game meats, mushrooms, and aromatic herbs like thyme or rosemary.
Pricing: Fresh black winter truffles are considered a luxury ingredient, and their prices can vary significantly based on factors such as quality, size, and availability.
They are often quite expensive, with prices ranging from several hundred to thousands of dollars per pound. When using fresh black winter truffles, it’s important to handle them with care and use a truffle slicer or a sharp knife to obtain thin, delicate slices. Their intense aroma and flavor can elevate a variety of dishes, making them a highly sought-after and treasured ingredient in the culinary world.
Fresh pasta and risotto are classic ways to enjoy these beautiful Black Winter Truffles, they can also be used in many meat & poultry dishes.
We offer Fresh Black Winter Truffles in 30g and 50g, approximately the size of a golf ball.