Where are black winter truffles found?
author, TV personality and passionate gardener. Truffles are the fruiting body of a fungus. Like other varieties of truffles, the black winter truffles ( Tubermelanosporum) grow from spores that live underground in a symbiotic relationship with the root systems of several tree species, in particular oak and hazel, but also beech, birch and poplar. The fungus helps the tree extract nutrients from the ground and the tree provides the truffle fungus with carbohydrates to grow. Truffles are harvested from November to March and are at its peak of flavor in January. This truffle is sometimes called “Périgord” truffle, in reference to a region in the Southwest of France where the finest black truffles grow. The majority of French black truffles are harvested in the Vaucluse department of Provence. They are also found in woodlands in Spain and Italy. of the interior is one of the factors that indicates that a black truffle is fully mature. The exterior is rough and uneven. The average size is 30 to 60 grams, about the size of a golf ball.
Winter truffles, or truffes noirs, are among the most highly regarded products in cuisine. Their attraction can be partially attributed to their rarity, but taste, characterized by a subtle aroma and an earthy flavor reminiscent of a rich chocolate, has something to do with it, too. A small amount goes a long way in adding an exquisite taste to your culinary efforts