Black Winter Truffles (Tuber Melanosporum) Availability: December. - March
• The world's best-known truffle. The fruity body can vary in size from that of a hazelnut to an orange. Its shape varies from round and even to irregular and lobed. The skin is black, sometimes with dark red or rust colored patches. It ripens in winter, from November to March. We were the first to cultivate this truffle in the united kingdom . Read the full story here of our success in the Telegraph
The Black Winter Truffle has a strong depth of flavor, allowing them to be cooked briefly or slowly at low temperature. It can also be shaved fresh as a finishing element or infused into sauces to add depth. Pairs well with seafood and glamorous dishes such as caviar and foie gras, also pasta, cream sauces, garlic, shallots, light-bodied vinegars, mascarpone, aged hard cheeses, citrus and herbs such as tarragon, basil and arugula. Sauté very lightly in olive oil, garlic, a touch of salt and black pepper to sensationally transform bruschetta, pasta, and risotto, or gently grate/slice over meat, fish, eggs, and even dessert - sprinkle on fresh ricotta cheese for a delicious dish with a difference. Fresh truffles can be folded into butter to create a compound, which can be refrigerated for up to three months.
Storage If you're looking to savor your fresh truffle for 1-3 weeks, then your best bet is to chill it, carefully, in the fridge. Make sure that its clean and dry—dirt plays no role in conserving freshness and flavor. Fill a container with dry rice and keep your truffle submerged in the rice. Yes-this is just like the theory for how to save an iPhone that's been dunked in water, but it's also emulating the natural underground habitat of a fresh truffle, which keeps them from drying out. Start by pouring a thick layer of rice into the container. Place your clean truffles inside, set them a few centimeters apart from each other, and then pour more rice until your truffles are abundantly covered up. Seal the container and store it in a cool, dry, dark spot in your fridge.