Truffle 101

AN ESSENTIAL GUIDE

What is a truffle?

A truffle is a mushroom that grows undeground in a close, and not yet fully understood, relationship with the roots of its host tree.

In order to procreate, it has evolved a strong scent which attracts animals to dig it up and spread its spores.

This same aroma has also earned it a mythical status with chefs and foodies, making it known as the "diamond of the kitchen."

Thank you, Mother Nature.

The Big 3 seasons of the truffle world.

White Truffle Season

October to December
Tuber Magnatum Pico
$5,000 - $15,000 per kg

The most highly prized truffle, available only for a month or two every year and always in high demand. Only found wild in northern Italy and Croatia. Best as a finishing touch over eggs or pasta, to showcase its explosive flavor.

Black Winter Truffle Season

January to March
Tuber Melanosporum
$2,500 - $4,500 per kg

Complex and intense, with a dark marbled interior that sets its apart from its summer counterpart. Naturally occurs in France, Croatia and northern Italy. Fantastic with the creaminess of a risotto.

Black Summer Truffle Season

May to September
Tuber Aestivum
$900 - $1,200 per kg

The most widespread of the major truffle species. Found throughout southern Europe. It starts out mild and nutty and gets more intense and earthy as the season goes on.

Why are truffles so expensive?

Because they are hard to find and they don't last long.

Truffles are very picky about the place they choose to grow. Soil type, temperature, humidity, host trees and many other factors all play a role. Once they're happy, they take about five years to reach maturity.

If a truffle hunter then happens to find the truffle at the right moment (and his dog doesn't damage it!) you have about a week to use it.

Talk about high maintenance.

Should I get fresh or preserved truffles?

You have to weigh the cost and convenience for yourself.

Fresh truffles are a very special experience, but not always available or practical. Quality preserved truffles are a great, easy to use alternative that can be enjoyed year round and makes a great gift for foodies.

If it's your first time using fresh truffles we recommend trying the black summer ones first. They're more affordable and forgiving. Then treat yourself with whites and winter blacks when they come into season.

Which truffle product should I choose?

Fuss-free

When you just want that instant hit of truffle, try ready-to-eat spreads like the Tartufata and White Truffle Pate, or our range of Truffle Cheeses.

Indulgent

If you're in the mood for cooking, great pastas, omelettes and risottos are all easy to make using White Truffle Butter, Sliced Black Istrian Truffles and creamy White Tartufata.

Adventurous

Try spreading White Truffle Honey on your mature cheeses and roasts, or the Truffella black truffle chocolate spread with warm pastries.

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Still here? Check out some truffle trivia.

Hubba hubba ❤️

In the middle ages monks were prohibited from eating truffles for fear they would forget their calling due its aphrodisiac properties.

World record 🏆

The largest ever white truffle was found in northern Croatia, deep in a wooded valley of the Motovun forest in Istria.

Oink! 🐷

Pigs are naturally attracted to truffles, while dogs have to be specially trained to seek them out (ask us for the full NSFW story!).