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Italian White Truffles - Tuber Magnatum Pico.
Season: September - January
The white truffle has a short season and is found in the regions of Piedmont, Tuscany, Emilia Romagna and Marche in Italy, Hungary, Croatia, Serbia and Slovenia.
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.
White truffles are ivory to chestnut in colour and upon inspection should have an aroma that is overwhelmingly pungent, clean, and sweet, springy to the touch but not soft. Any sign of beading or moisture will signify that the truffle is past it's best.
In terms of size and shape, size is good - it is better to have one truffle than two smaller ones of equal weight. Highly prized white truffles are perfectly spherical since lobes and folds can harbour decay. A truffle larger than the size of a hen's egg tends to carry a premium greater than it's worth. This is largely due to the high demand of restauranteur wishing to impress their customers.
White truffles should never be cooked at all but shaved as thinly as possible using a truffle slicer, over something hot, preferably buttery. We recommend 8-10g per person as a main course, to really live the true white truffle experience!
Please Email us or call us on 01732 666 400 and we can answer any questions you have about Alba White Truffles and how to use them.
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It is important to notethat we weigh each individual order as it is dispatched with generosity always leaning towards our customer. Where possible we supply whole truffles of the weight ordered though it is sometimes impossible to offer correct increment weights. In which case we will make up your order by adding a smaller truffle or piece, the total weight of which is always more than your original order.
Orders can be made from pieces of larger truffles as they are delivered to us. We will contact you immediately if there is any shortfall in supplying less than the exact quantity of truffle you have selected.
It is best practice to eat fresh truffles the day you buy them. If this is not possible then store them wrapped in kitchen paper in the foil pack or container they arrive in. Place them in the warmest part of the fridge, usually the door. Check them daily, change the paper towel and wipe away any moisture that has developed. Consume within 3-5 days.
We ship truffles in sealed foil packs, chilled, and in insulated boxes to prevent spoilage in transit. When ordering fresh truffles online please enter a mobile phone number in the delivery information box so our courier can offer you a 'one-hour' delivery window.