Hidden to the naked eye and yet so coveted, the truffle is one of the most desirable products in the world of gastronomy.
Fresh Truffles are underground fungi that have a mycorrhizal relationship with the host tree where they grow. They flourish slightly beneath the surface of the earth, growing on the roots of different trees. The soil, the vegetation, the climate, the seasons and the lunar cycles each year influence the periodic birth of a unique jewel with an inebriating and enveloping scent.
Fresh Truffles are expensive because they are difficult to cultivate, hard to find in the wild, incredible to eat and in high demand. There are lots of species, but the two most sought-after are the powerfully flavourful Tuber Magnatum Pico the Italian white truffle, and the Tuber Melanosporum Vitt, the winter black truffle.
Our fresh truffles are harvested in Italy, a country renowned for precious white and black truffle varieties. Knowledge of the territory, close relationships with a network of truffle hunters and years of experience allow us to offer a product with unmistakable appearance, fragrance and taste.
Winter Black Truffle
Tuber Melanosporum Vitt.
Season: January - March (Northern Hemisphere) June - August (Southern Hemisphere)
The Winter or 'Périgord' black truffle is native to the Mediterranean regions of France, Italy, parts of Croatia, Serbia, and the greater parts of northern Spain. They are found at 250m-1000m above sea level and the season runs from late December until March, provided that the regions receive a good downpour in July and August to encourage the infant truffles to swell.
Tuber Magnatum Pico.
Season: September - December
The white truffle has a short season and is found in the regions of Piedmont, Tuscany, Emilia Romagna and Marche in Italy. It comes into maturity after the September rains, after the first frost has passed. Once formed it ripens in a single day, unlike the Périgord black truffle that matures over a month to six weeks.
Summer Black Truffle
Season: April - September
Summer black truffles are the most widespread of all the valued truffle varieties. They are abundant in certain parts of the UK in areas of which are usually a closely guarded secret. Summer truffles are also found in Scandinavia, Germany, throughout the Iberian peninsula, through central and eastern Europe as far as Russia, Mongolia and into China. Although fragrant they are the least flavourful of the varieties that we stock.
Autumn Black Truffle
Season: September - January
Also known as the 'burgundy truffle' it is more tolerant of soil, shade and host-tree than the Perigord black truffle, which it much resembles in the hand though is much less fragrant on the nose. It thrives on pine trees, as well as most usual host trees. Autumn truffles are considered by some as a variant of the summer truffle but come to maturity much later in the year, from September to December, dovetailing into the season for Périgord black truffles.