You might be wondering how you can juice a truffle. We leave that to the experts: a French family that has been harvesting and preserving truffles for four generations in the Perigord region.
Real black winter truffles (Tuber melanosporum) are pressed to extract the juice, which contains plenty of earthy aroma and flavor.
The chestnut-colored nectar is richly perfumed with an earthy, slightly yeasty truffle scent reminiscent of dark porter beer with notes of bitter cocoa. This musky juice is perfect for adding depth and character to sauces, broths, braises, stews and vinaigrettes. And you cannot make the classic sauce Périgourdine without it.
Truffle juice is one of those little luxuries that you didn’t even know you needed, but once you try adding it to your kitchen repertoire, you’ll find it indispensible.
Just the facts
- Made exclusively for D'Artagnan
- 100% black winter truffle juice pressed from Tuber melanosporum
- No added water
- 7 oz. can
- Allergen: Contains mushrooms
- Product of France
- For best taste, use within 1 year of receipt and/or by the expiration date on the package
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, including parts of the United States. 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.
truffle juice (Tuber melanosporum), salt