Welcome to the home of fresh truffles.
Fresh truffles have always been a highly desirable item. In ancient times fresh truffles have also been considered as fruits of the devil. They've also been claimed as sin and forbidden by the church. This is because it was believed that fresh truffles are born in storms, when lightning strike the earth and ripe at moonlight. Years after that, the fresh truffles become favourite food of Royalties and are considered to have extraordinary qualities, such as being aphrodisiac. Today, looking back to the archives, we realise that some of these statements can be partially true. Fresh truffles can be considered as fruits of the devil, as some fresh truffles are poisonous even though most species of Tubers are edible. The most valuable fresh truffles mature late Autumn or early Winter and are available until early Spring.
Most commercially available fresh truffles are:
Black Summer Truffle (Tuber Aestivum Vitt); Black Autumn Truffle (Tuber Uncinatum Chatin) - which, according to recent research, is biologically identical as the Black Summer Truffle; Black Winter Truffle (Tuber Melanosporum Vitt); Black Musky Truffle (Tuber Brumale Vitt) - which looks very similar to the Black Winter Truffle (Tuber Melanosporum Vitt), but still has (not very easily) distinguishable aroma and interior. There are rumours for black market practice to mix or entirely replace Black Winter Truffles with Black Musky Truffles for higher profits. Unfortunately such statement cannot be backed by strong evidence and we can only suggest you buy fresh truffles from suppliers you can trust. Other commercially available truffles are the White Spring Truffle or Whitish Truffle (Tuber Borchii Vit) also known as Biancetto and the White Winter Truffle (Tuber Magnatum Pico). These two species are also often confused and offered as one, due to their close scent and look. There are also some Desert Truffles, which currently have relatively low demand. We are unable to comment the Desert Truffles as we haven't tried them and know very little about.
It is very important for you to know what to expect from the fresh truffles you like to try, as they have significantly different scents and shall be served in different way for ultimate experience.
All fresh truffles have aromatic hints of earth and something more, depending on species.
The Black Summer Truffle (Tuber Aestivum Vitt) also has light aroma of vanilla and hazels, some people also describe it with types of cheese.
The Black Autumn Truffle (Tuber Uncinatum Ch) has close to the Black Summer Truffle aroma but is more intense.
The Black Musky Truffle (Tuber Brumale Vitt) has strong and musky aroma.
The Black Winter Truffle (Tuber Melanosporum Vitt) has strong musky aroma with nutty and woody hints.
The White Winter Truffle (Tuber Magnatum Pico) has strong garlic aroma.
The White Spring, Whitish or Bianchetto Truffle (Tuber Borchii Vitt) also has similar to the White Winter Truffle aroma but slightly less intense.
In terms of shelf life the Black Summer Truffle is leading the list, while the White Winter Truffle is the most vulnerable from all fresh truffles.