The truffle season begins in December. This edible mushroom, which is one of the most sought-after foods in the world, is native to southern Italy and France and it is also produced in some regions of Spain.
There are dozens of truffle species in Europe, but only a few are appreciated in the kitchen. The most outstanding ones are the black truffle and the white truffle. According to connoisseurs, the white truffles' flavor is similar, in a subtle way, to garlic. Black truffle is highly valued for its slightly chocolate and nutty flavor that surprises both its lovers and its detractors.
How to choose the best truffles
The price of black truffles is calculated based on its quality and the time of year. A kilo of this delicacy can cost up to 1,200 euro and the minimum purchase amount is usually 100 grams.
A wide variety of brands sell different types of truffles from various origins. However, in recent years, the truffles produced in Spain, especially in the mountains of Teruel, have gained great prestige.
The properties of this exquisite edible mushroom give each recipe a unique and incomparable aroma. You need to choose the best truffles to maximize the dining experience. To do so, it's important to keep in mind:
Custom weight: one of the most important indicators of freshness in truffles is their weight to size ratio. Unfortunately, truffles lose their natural moisture after being harvested, which interferes with their weight.
Aroma: the freshly picked black truffle is capable of distilling multiple and captivating aromas. After a long period of time, truffles deteriorate and stop being aromatic.
Firmness: among the fastest and safest ways to detect the decomposition of black truffle is to determine, through touch, the possible soft spots or even the smell of rottenness.
The black truffle is an incredible food that is not only characterized by its great exclusivity and utility in the culinary field. Its consumption has been linked to multiple medical benefits as an antioxidant. This is why it is considered the 'black diamond' of gastronomy in various regions of the world.
Companies such as Trufato are already marketing quality truffles on their website and will continue to do so until March.