Frequently Asked Questions | DR DELICACY

WHAT DOES A BLACK TRUFFLE TASTE LIKE?

The flavor of the black truffle is delicate, earthy and increasingly rare and earthy. It’s subtle yet powerful, rich and pungent aroma has a scent similar to that of freshly turned soil. When consumed, it has a distinctive crunch with an earthy hazelnut flavor as well as a touch of bitterness.


WHAT DOES A BLACK TRUFFLE LOOK LIKE?

The truffle’s appearance is rather inelegant. It’s a wrinkled black nugget that is generally the size of a walnut shell, although it can be as small as a pea and as large as an apple or orange. The mature truffle is firm with bumps and a clean jet-black color. When the truffle is cut open, the flesh is black with distinctive white veins.


WHAT IS THE LIFE OF A BLACK TRUFFLE?

Truffle life begins in March when the spores germinate In April, the fungus root colonizes the soil In May: the fungus reaches sexual maturity In June: the truffles is formed In October the truffle reaches its maturity By late November, it is potentially ripe & ready to be unearthed The harvest continues through the end of February Come March, the cycle starts anew.


HOW ARE YOUR BLACK TRUFFLES HARVESTED?

Well trained dogs not only know how to unearth a truffle without harming it but can tell by the scent whether a truffle is ripe and ready to be harvested. Female dogs of generally mixed breeds will race through the truffle plantation and come to a stop when the truffle fragrance rises from the soil. Pigs are not used as much for because they root to live and they often ingest the truffle before their master can retrieve it.


HOW DO I STORE TRUFFLES?

  • Carefully store the truffles in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
  • During the truffle season, from late November to early March, fresh truffles are clean, pack in vacuum-sealed bags and then ship around the world in refrigerated containers.
  • Excess of truffles: The truffles are sterilized in large tin cans. During the off season, the tins are opened and the truffles are sized and placed in small glass jars or tins and sterilized once more. The liquid from the first sterilization is then canned as truffle juice which is an excellent ingredient with incredible truffle flavor.

HOW ARE BLACK TRUFFLES EATEN?

  • One-third ounce (10 grams) of truffle per person is considered a generous dose.
  • An average truffle is about the size of a golf ball and weighs about 1 ounce (30 grams) and will yield 20 to 25 thin slices.
  • The peeling of one 1 ounce truffle will yield 1 tablespoon (6 grams) of minced truffle to use to prepare truffle salt, cream or butter.
  • Place truffles in a glass jar with several fresh eggs in their shells for 2 days, secure tightly. Use the eggs in omelets, crepes, risotto, and pasta or poached atop of polenta. The truffle permeates the eggshell and infuses the eggs with a pure truffle essence.
  • Truffles are most of the time peeled as the exterior skin has a firmer texture. The peels can add some crunch and as lot a flavor to truffle salt, butter and cream.
  • Black truffles are best if never really cooked. When cooked you will release the juices and soften the truffle.
  • For maximum flavor and texture, cut truffles in thin slices or in thicker matchsticks and add them to warm food at the last moment.

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN FRESH AND FROZEN TRUFFLES?

Fresh, frozen and canned truffles can be used interchangeably. Fresh truffles offer the best flavor and texture. Frozen and canned truffles lose much of the prized texture and crunch, but they are still worthy substitutes.

Truffle juice is the pure liquid that comes from the truffle when it is preserved. Generally, truffles are preserved in large quantities in large tins. The tins are then reopened, the juice is reserved for canning as truffle juice, and the whole truffles are put into jars or tins and preserved once again. Truffle juice can be used to boost the flavor (or even replace the truffle) in many dishes. The leftover truffle juice can be frozen in small containers for later as a little goes a long way. Do not reduce the juice itself as it contains salt and will become overly salty.


WHAT IS TRUFFLE JUICE?

Fresh, frozen and canned truffles can be used interchangeably. Fresh truffles offer the best flavor and texture. Frozen and canned truffles lose much of the prized texture and crunch, but they are still worthy substitutes.

Truffle juice is the pure liquid that comes from the truffle when it is preserved. Generally, truffles are preserved in large quantities in large tins. The tins are then reopened, the juice is reserved for canning as truffle juice, and the whole truffles are put into jars or tins and preserved once again. Truffle juice can be used to boost the flavor (or even replace the truffle) in many dishes. The leftover truffle juice can be frozen in small containers for later as a little goes a long way. Do not reduce the juice itself as it contains salt and will become overly salty.