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The color, form, smell & flavor of truffles will vary depending on the type of truffle, as well as the origin & time in the season.
What does a Winter Black Truffle taste like?

Winter Black Truffle (Tuber melanosporum) flavor is delicate & subtle, yet powerful & rich. Its aroma has a scent similar to freshly turned soil. When consumed, it has a distinct crunch, with an earthy hazelnut flavor, that is topped off with a touch of bitterness.

What does a Black Winter Truffle look like?

The Truffle's wrinkled, black nugget appearance, is rather inelegant. Although generally the size of a golf ball, they sometimes come as small as a pea or as large as an apple or an orange. The mature truffle is clean, jet-black in color, and has a firm, bumpy surface. When the truffle is cut open, the flesh is black with distinctive white veins. This varies from the black summer truffle (Tuber aestivum) and the autumn truffle (Tuber uncinatum) which have lighter flesh inside.

What is the life of a Winter Black Truffle?

The life of a black winter truffle begins in March when the spores germinate. During April, the fungus root colonizes the soil. In May, the fungus reaches sexual maturity. Then in June, the truffles are formed and in October, the Truffle reaches its full maturity. By late November, it is potentially ripe & ready to be unearthed. Finally, the harvest continues through the end of February, so that in March, the cycle can restart its path.

How are your Winter Black Truffles Harvested?

Well trained dogs not only unearth a truffle without harming it but can tell by the scent whether a truffle is ready for harvest. Female dogs of generally mixed breeds, will race through the truffle plantation, and come to a stop when the truffle fragrance rises from the soil.
Did you know: Pigs aren't used for Truffle Hunting anymore? 

How should you store your truffles?

Wrap your truffles in paper towels, place them in an airtight container, and put them in the fridge. Remember to regularly check & change paper towels that have become humid, in order to keep the truffles fresh.

What if I have excess Truffles?

If they are Black Truffles, they can be frozen and used later. However, white truffles should never be frozen.
When they are ready to use, allow them to defrost until their consistency changes. You'll know they're defrosted when they are sitting in their own flavorful juice.

How are Black Truffles eaten & what's a good amount to serve?

Truffle servings & sizing: 1/3 ounce (10 grams) of truffle per person is considered a generous dose. An average black truffle is about the size of a golf ball, and weighs about 1 ounce (30 grams), yielding 20 to 25 thin slices. White truffles are lighter; yielding more slices per ounce. The peels of one 1 ounce black truffle will yield 1 tablespoon (6 grams) of minced black truffle, which can be used when preparing truffle salt, truffle cream or even truffle butter.

Infuse your eggs with Truffle

Place Truffles in a glass jar, with several whole raw eggs and secure the lid tightly. Let the eggs sit for two days. The Truffle permeates the eggshell and infuses the eggs with a pure truffle essence. The eggs can be used in omelets, crepes, risotto, and pasta, or poached atop polenta.

How to Eat Black Truffles

The exterior skin has a firmer texture than the middle of the black truffle, so sometimes they are peeled. Truffle peels are excellent for creating truffle butter, truffle salt, or truffle cream. They add crunch and plenty of flavor. Black truffles do not need to be cooked. For best results, stir them into a warm dish that is finished cooking or shave them on top of a meal with a truffle shaver. Just the steam of the warm foods is enough to release the divine aroma of the truffles.

What is Truffle Juice?

Truffle Juice is pure gold. It's kind of like a truffle broth. It can be used in dishes to boost flavor or completely replace truffles in dishes. Leftover truffle juice can be frozen in a container. Just remember, a little goes a long way!