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Fresh Burgundy Truffle (Tuber Uncinatum)

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Fresh Burgundy Truffle (Tuber Uncinatum)

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    The Burgundy truffle appears in fall and is similar in appearance to the black winter truffles, but with a more delicate flavor that is best enjoyed when freshly grated over a prepared dish like pasta, eggs, rice or mashed potatoes.

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    The Burgundy truffle (Tuber uncinatum) is more widely distributed than other truffle species; it can be found in nearly every European country. Ours are hunted in France and Italy, and are usually available from September to December.

    These precious fungi grow a few inches down in the earth, in symbiosis with the roots of hardwood trees like oaks, chestnut, hazelnut and hornbeam.

    Burgundy truffles have a dark, rough skin with large, diamond-shaped points, and when cut display veined, coffee-colored flesh.

    The scent is less intense than the black winter truffle (Tuber melanosporum), instead offering a delicate, hazelnut-like aroma.

    Just the facts

    • Seasonally available from late September to December
    • Sold as whole, intact pieces
    • 1 oz average weight
    • Store in the refrigerator and use within 2-3 days of receipt for best flavor
    • Gluten-free
    • Product of France and Italy

    While there have been attempts to cultivate and farm truffles, nature is still the most reliable source. A truffle is an irregular, round-shaped fruiting body of fungi, which grows underground in a symbiotic and mysterious relationship with the roots of trees. On average, truffles vary in size from a walnut to a golf ball, but there are sometimes exceptional truffles that can weigh a pound or more.

    Most commonly, truffles are found in France, Italy and Spain, but are also found in other countries. Because of their rarity (it takes years for a truffle to develop) and the trouble it takes to find them, truffles are expensive.

    Truffle hunters seek them at night to avoid being followed by competitors who might discover the best collection sites. Although truffle hogs were used to locate the aromatic fungi historically, dogs are the more common modern hunting companion because they can be trained not to eat the truffles once they find them.

    With a lighter flavor that others, Burgundy truffles do not stand up well to hot preparations. They are best enjoyed with used fresh, grated or shaved over pasta, eggs or mashed potatoes. Risotto and other rice dishes benefit from the earthy and nutty flavor of the Burgundy truffle. Finish a butter sauce with a few shavings before spooning it over a seared steak or duck breast.

    Storing truffles: Once a fresh truffle is out of the ground, it doesn’t keep long. To best preserve your truffle, wrap it in a paper towel, put in an airtight plastic container and set in the refrigerator. Do not clean the truffle until you are ready to use it. Avoid condensation and humidity which can cause rot. If you wish, store the truffle with eggs in the refrigerator to impart its flavor into the eggs. Be sure the shells are perfectly dry. Do not store in dried rice, as the rice dehydrates the truffle.

    Our Truffles

    Truffles are one of the supreme luxuries in nature. They have rarely been cultivated; instead they are foraged from the roots of trees in great secrecy in the forests of Europe. Earthy and intoxicating, their distinctive fragrance has inspired culinary brilliance for centuries.

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