Black truffles are the black diamonds of the gastronomy for many reasons. Once you have tasted a real black truffle, you´ll never forget it. Its flavour, aroma…It cannot be compared with anything similar
What is a truffle?
Truffles are the fruit body of a subterranean fungus that forms a symbiotic relationship with the roots of certain trees and shrubs (truffle host plants) such as the oak (Quercus fagaceas), hazel (Quercus avellana), and holm oak (Quercus Ilex).
In the past, pigs were used to harvest truffles. Eventually, this custom was abandoned, as it was difficult to transport and to domesticate them. Withdogs, once they are trained, these problems no longer exist. It is not necessary to use pedigree dogs, the main thing is to train them from the time they are pups to know how to make the best of their instinct
This fungus is so highly appreciated that it entails a totally mysterious world. Its origin is still unknown. Finding it is equivalent to obtaining a small treasure. Expert truffle hunters know that it is a precious gift offered to us by nature. It takes a black truffle melanosporum at least 10-13 years! to mature.
Black winterTruffle (Tuber Melanosporum)
or black Truffle from Sarrion, as its colour and harvesting time indicates, is black and is harvested in winter (from December until March). It is more or less round, pyramidal and black in appearance and the interior is black with whitish veins. It is the most valued and appreciated truffle in gastronomy. It has a fine and pungent aroma, once tasted its flavour is difficult to forget.
Summer truffle (Tuber Aestivum)
is harvested between May and September, similar in appearance to the Melanosporum variety, but its pyramidal crust is much more pronounced and cream or vanilla coloured.
Black truffles matches very well with many foods as: meats, fishes, rices, pasta, eggs, potatoes, salads, poultry, etc.
One simple and delicious way to taste a black truffle is on a bit of bread, in slices, just with a few drops of olive oil and salt. You will never forget it!