Fresh Summer Truffle (Tuber Aestivum)
Fresh / 1 oz avg
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These lightly-scented delicacies, although 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.
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
- Product of Central and Northern Italy and Spain
- For best taste, store in the refrigerator and use within 2-3 days of receipt
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).
Cooking & Serving
Storing/Serving Tips: 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. To clean it, gently remove any dirt that remains with a soft brush, then use the tip of a paring knife to loosen any pockets of dirt in the crevices, then lightly brush again. Avoid condensation and humidity. 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 dry rice, as the rice dehydrates the truffle. 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.