Fresh White Truffles
ITALIAN WHITE TRUFFLES - 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.
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.
FINE & WILD ARE THE UK's LEADING SUPPLIERS OF FRESH WHITE TRUFFLES
Supply: Of all the amazing products that we sell, white truffles are our speciality. We have dozens of brokers in our service that travel around the truffle regions of Italy meeting with hunters and striking deals on a daily basis. We have very specific criteria and exceptionally high standards when it comes to purchasing so we always guarantee the quality of our white truffles under any circumstance.
Cooking with White Truffles: Because they are so aromatic and pungent, but their aroma tends to fade relatively quickly, white truffles should NEVER be cooked at all but shaved as thinly as possible using a truffle slicer, over something hot, preferably buttery, like risotto or fresh tagliolini pasta.
They should never be mixed with any ingredient high in acidity, which would cause the flavour of the truffle to subside. Let the truffle work its magic, and always add at the end of the preparation.
Always allow your white truffle to come to room temperature before using it to allow the aroma to develop greater than using straight from the fridge.
We recommend 8-10g per portion to really live the true white truffle experience!
Storage: All of our white truffles are supplied with notes on storage, cleaning, and preservation. Fresh white truffles should always be stored in a refrigerator. Each truffle must be wrapped individually in an absorbent paper, making sure that it always remains dry. To prevent the aromatic contamination of other foods, fresh white truffles can also be wrapped in absorbent paper and closed in a plastic or glass container, always in the refrigerator. This method allows the preservation of white truffles for no more than five days.