Winter truffles in summer?! It’s true. But this is the last week they are in stock, so order your truffle today!
Remarkably, even miraculously, the black winter truffle has finally been cultivated in Australia. With its specific climate, acidic soil, cool winters and warm summers, Australia offers conditions ideal for truffles.
Truffières – truffle farms – in Australia were planted with thousands of oak and hazelnut trees that were inoculated with truffle spores. Years of patience have been rewarded; they are now producing truffles in their winter season, which is June through August. This works out well for all the truffle devotees, who can enjoy the unmatched flavor of the winter truffle for another three months each year. But this year the season is ending a little early.
About the Black Winter Truffle
The black winter truffle, Tuber melanosporum, is sometimes called the Perigord truffle, after the legendary truffles of the Perigord region of France. But these truffles grow in other countries, so this moniker is somewhat misleading.
With its dark, robustly-veined flesh that appears almost black-purple, the winter truffle has the strongest flavor and aroma of all the black truffles. Notes of cocoa, earth and tannins are notable. Once you have seen the winter and summer truffles side by side (as above), you will understand that not all black truffles are created equally. Summer truffles are lighter, paler versions of their winter cousins, with crunchier texture and muted flavor.
Eating Black Truffles
Slice black truffles paper-thin with a mandoline or truffle shaver. These thin shavings can be placed under the skin of a chicken, turkey, duck or other game bird before roasting. Layer in a foie gras terrine, or try the classic recipe for Tournedos Rossini, a filet mignon with foie gras and truffles on top. Lay fresh slices on top of cooked beef, pork, or game meats like wild boar or venison. Grate truffles into wine or cream-based sauces, or shave them onto cooked pasta, scrambled eggs or potato dishes.
Or try our Black Truffle Ice Cream recipe, which is great for using black winter truffles in the summer, and makes an elegant finish to a special dinner.
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