FAQ | Truffles
-Truffle: color, form, smell & flavor, will vary depending on the type of Truffle, as well as the origin & time in season.
1. What does a Winter Black Truffle taste like?
A Winter Black Truffle's flavor is delicate & subtle, yet powerful & rich. It’s 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.
2. What does A Winter Black 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, with a firm and a bumpy surface. When the truffle is cut open, the flesh is black with distinctive white veins.
3. What is the life of a Winter Black Truffle?
Truffle life 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.
4. 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 ripe and 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?
- Truffle Hunting with pigs was banned in Italy because it was proven that the pigs were not only damaging the Truffle Habitats, but were also eating the Truffles.
5a. How to 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.
5b. What if I have excess Truffles?
- If they are Black Truffles, they can be frozen -However, White Truffles must never be frozen!- and used later.
- When they are ready to use, allow them to *defrost* until they are soft.
** You will know when they have completely defrosted as they will be laying in an inaudible flavorful juice, called Truffle Juice - do not discard -
6a. 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 Truffle is about the size of a golf ball, and weighs about 1 ounce (30 grams), yielding 20 to 25 thin slices.
- The peeling of one 1 ounce Truffle will yield 1 tablespoon (6 grams) of minced Truffle, which can be used when preparing Truffle Salt, Cream or Butter.
6b. How to eat Black Truffles:
- Place Truffles in a glass jar, with several *fresh shelled eggs* and secure tightly for two days.
**The Truffle permeates the eggshell and infuses the eggs with a pure Truffle essence.
- The eggs will be used in omelettes, crepes, risotto, and pasta, or poached atop of polenta.
- The Truffles are sometimes *peeled*, as the exterior skin has a firmer texture.
**The peels add crunch and a lot of flavor to Truffle Salt, Butter and Cream.
- Black truffles soften and release its juice when cooked, so it is advised that they are never really cooked.
- For maximum flavor and texture, cut Truffles in thin slices, or in thicker matchsticks, and add them to *warm foods* at the last moment.
**Just the steam of the warm foods will cook them enough to release their divine aroma.
7. What is Truffle Juice?
Truffle Juice is pure gold like a Truffle broth. It is used to boost the flavor, and even replaces the truffle in dishes. Leftover Truffle Juice can be frozen in ice tray containers --remember, little goes a long way!
*DO NOT add more salt to the juice, as it already contains a good amount of salt*