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All About Truffles


Truffles are considered a fungus grown under ground, typically near tree roots. Mentioned in history as early as the 20 century B.C., these delicacies have been sought after since the early ages.


Truffles are harvested by specially trained dogs or pigs. While both have their strengths with their keen sense of smell and the ability to be trained, dogs sometimes have the tendency to eat the truffles they find, while pigs are easier to control.


How to Choose your truffles 

Many people prefer to buy their truffles fresh. The best way to purchase truffles is at a gourmet market or online. Along with fresh truffles, truffle products are also available. Most commenly truffle oil, truffle butter and truffle salt. Make sure these products are actually infused with real truffles not “truffle essence.”


There are many different types of truffles and each variety encompasses a unique flavor profile.



Black Truffles – Often referred to as the ‘ black diamonds’ of French cuisine or the Truffles of Périgord. These truffles are one of the most sought-after and luxurious French delicacies. To truly savor and get the most out of their flavor be sure to cook them before serving. They are in season from January to March.


White Truffles – The white truffle comes from the Piedmont region in northern Italy. Their color is pale cream and they often appear to be marbled. They are also referred to as ‘autumn truffles’ or ‘fruits of the woods.’ They are best served when shaved directly over the dish. They are in season from October to December.

European white truffles have often been noted as the most expensive food in the world.


How to store IT

Fresh truffles can be stored in the refrigerator for up to two weeks and frozen for up to six months. Make sure not to keep in plastic wrap or bags, opt for parchment or foil.


Keep truffle products in an airtight container, as truffles tend to lose their flavor faster when exposed to air.


How to prepare

A little bit of truffles go a long way, shave fresh truffles on seared scallops, drizzle truffle oil on potato or cauliflower soup, and sprinkle popcorn with truffle salt!



Truffle oil vinaigrette

Cream of Celery and Green Apple with Truffle Oil



You can store fresh truffles in uncooked rice. This creates an environment closer to truffles natural underground habitat.


Fun Facts

France is the largest producer of truffles

A pound of white truffles sell for as much as $3,600!

Truffles where rumored to be aphrodisiacs in the middle ages. At that time Monks where forbidden from eating them, fearing the ingestion would trigger carnal behavior.

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