Discover Seasonal Fresh Truffles
Genuine Italian Fresh Truffles
Of the truffle, 19th century French author Alexandre Dumas had this to say: “The most learned men have been questioned as to the nature of this tuber, and after two thousand years of argument and discussion their answer is the same as it was on the first day: we do not know. The truffles themselves have been interrogated, and have answered simply: eat us and praise the Lord.”
There is, of course, an alternative description of truffles – a scientific-biological-ecological one – whose precision thankfully does not detract from the guile and mystery of this magnificent tuber. Briefly, the truffle develops underground in a symbiotic association with certain plant or tree roots, along with the right type of soil and environment. Central Italy is blessed to have optimum conditions for each of these factors, which is why the truffles from these parts are among the best in the world. And while the aroma they produce is both sensual and seductive to the human nose, it is not for the mere pleasure of humans that they do so, but rather to spread their spores through their volatile compounds, which act as scented cues to attract mammals and insects to serve their purpose. This is where we come in with our trusty truffle dog.
But enough of science, we believe that Alexandre Dumas’ explanation is quite sufficient for those whose purpose is to use them in the kitchen to transform good meals into spectacular ones. However, before we get into specifics, there are several tips you can follow to help you maximize your truffle experience.
“Presently, we were aware of an odor gradually coming towards us, something musky, fiery, savory, mysterious, a hot drowsy smell that lulls the senses, and yet enflames them – the truffles were coming.”
William Makepeace Thackeray
- Truffles can last 7-10 days but it’s best to use them within 3 to 4 days of receipt.
- Keep them in the refrigerator at 37.5°F / 3°C wrapped in paper towel and closed in a glass jar. Change the paper towel every day to remove any moisture. (If you store them this way with fresh eggs, within a couple of days you’ll have the best eggs you ever tasted.)
Preparation and general usage
- To prepare for use, wipe the skin with a damp cloth and leave for 10 minutes on a dry cotton cloth.
- In general, truffles are best if they’re not cooked, since overcooking can compromise the volatile compounds that release its distinct aroma. However, fats can capture and encapsulate those aromas. So for the best taste and texture experience, cut the truffle into thin slices, and add to warm/hot food at the last minute.
- Because truffles have a strong perfume and flavor, they go best with neutral food.