May 13: Truffle or truffles ?

Work in progress - Truffle Oaks

What are the different types of truffles?The "black" truffle, Tuber melanosporum, is also called Périgord truffle.However it is mostly to be found in Provence!On the outside the truffle is rough and irregular in shape. The flesh is black, with beige veins.To the nose the perfume is very strong and nearly indescribable...This variety is harvested between December and February. It is important to let it gain maturity so that its aromas develop to the full.The term "white" truffle can cause confusion.Generally in France it designates the summer truffle, Tuber aestivum.It is harvested from May to July and looks very much like the black truffle except that the flesh is lighter and the aromas are not as strong.Because of its beige colour, it is called white truffle however truffle aficionados call white truffle the Tuber magnatum which is completely white and produced from November to January mainly in Italy, around the city of Alba, from where it gets its other name of Alba truffle.The organoleptic characteristics of the Alba truffle are in no way similar to those of its black cousins.The family of aromas is very different but equally indescribable.These are the three main varieties however there are many more some of which are edible and include the (over) famous Chinese truffle which we will talk about later...

May 13: Truffle or truffles ?
May 13: Truffle or truffles ?

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