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Fresh Summer Truffle (Tuber Aestivum)

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Fresh Summer Truffle (Tuber Aestivum)

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    These aromatic little delicacies, though not as intensely perfumed (or costly) as the famous black winter truffle, still offer plenty of exquisite truffle flavor that takes chicken, steak, potatoes and pasta from ordinary to extraordinary.

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    Plucked from European markets at the height of their freshness, our truffles are immediately shipped stateside for your enjoyment.

    Summer truffles (Tuber aestivum) are usually in season from April to mid-September. These beauties are similar in appearance to black winter truffles, but with a lighter color, crunchier texture and a more delicate, somewhat floral flavor that is best enjoyed raw. Try them grated over pasta, risotto, egg or cheese dishes, or use them to finish sauces.

    Truffles grow a few inches down in the earth, in symbiosis with the roots of hardwood trees like oaks, chestnut, hazelnut and hornbeam. The irregularly shaped knobby little spheres range in size from an inch or so across to over a pound (though truffles of that size are rare).

    Just the facts

    • Sold as whole, intact piece
    • 1 ounce average weight
    • Store in the refrigerator and use within 2-3 days of receipt for best flavor
    • Gluten-free
    • Product of Central and Northern Italy and Spain

    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.

    Enhance the flavor of simply-seasoned grilled steaks by finishing them with a pat of butter topped with some freshly shaved summer truffle. Or shave fresh summer truffles over your favorite cream sauce and ravioli or risotto. Roast a whole rabbit or chicken, drizzle it with summer truffle sauce and serve with caramelized endives. Try serving whipped potatoes finished with a sprinkling of truffles, or our truffle butter and oil folded into mashed potatoes.

    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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