Folks have been calling for truffles and they are available, summer truffle season is just finishing, while winter and white truffles are just starting. Pricing is determined Sunday morning each week to provide estimates for the following week, click here for the order form.
The intense aroma and flavor of the truffle captivate the palate; its aphrodisiac qualities add to its allure as a food that delights the senses. To the nose the black truffles have the wholly unique smell of truffle, musky and mushroomy, and on the palate the taste is variable; they have a slightly bitter note finishing with a delicate hazelnut flavor. The white truffle has a more delicate alium/floral aroma that is best in raw preparations.
The “black truffle” or “black Périgord truffle” (Tuber melanosporum) is named after the Perigord region in France and grows exclusively with oak trees. Production is almost exclusively European, with France accounting for 45%, Spain 35%, Italy 20% The “white truffle” or “Alba madonna” (Tuber magnatum) is harvested from October through January, it comes from the Langhe area of the Piedmont region in northern Italy and, most famously, in the countryside around the city of Alba. There are two species of summer truffle: burgundy truffles (tuber uncinatum), harvested in autumn until December, and summer truffles (tuber aestivum), and tuber aestivum are still available.