The Magic of Fresh Truffles
The scent of a truffle is indescribable. It fills the room almost instantly when fresh, and the flavor is heady, sweetly earthy and luxurious. Regarded as the "diamond of the kitchen" by 18th-century French gastronome Brillat-Savarin, the truffle is internationally known for its prized and unmistakable flavor.
Symbiotic in nature, the truffle is found in the soil beneath oak, and sometimes beech and hazel trees. By drawing carbohydrates from the tree and converting the energy to construct filaments, the spores of truffles produce an expanding web of fungus beneath the soil. In return, these filaments on the root tip collect an abundance of nutrients for the tree. It is due to this essential relationship that the truffle is unable to be cultivated.
Once the fruit emerges from the filament, young truffles rapidly increase in size and weight during the heat of August and September months. Eventually the growth slows and the fruit begins to ripen, breathing an incredible perfume through the earth. As the autumn harvest reaches its peak, this gastronomic delicacy begins to emerge in the bustling outdoor markets across Italy and France.
The Italian white truffle (Tuber Magnatum) is found in Alba, a town of Piedmont in the province of Cuneo, Italy. These are the finest and most highly regarded of all truffles. Their season runs from late October to late December, but they are usually depleted by January.
TThe Burgundy truffle (Tuber Uncinatum), also known as the summer truffle, is mainly grown in central-eastern France, and readily available from September through November.
The winter black truffle (Tuber melanosporum) is typicaly sourced from the Périgord region of France. It is during the month of January when black truffles are at their peak, though available as early as December until late March.
Formaggio Kitchen is proud to offer these elusive, highly esteemed delicacies on a seasonal basis. To guarantee freshness and quality, all truffles are available by special order only. Please feel free to approach a staff member with any questions you may have or to place an order.