The fresh truffle is imported from Europe. Depending on the season different varieties will be available. Typically (depending on weather and environmental conditions) from November to March Black Winter Truffles grow under large shady trees such as oaks and elms. Usually the best months for harvest are January and February. It is a gray-brown color on the outside while the Summer Black Truffle is more of a brownish color and is praised for it’s delicate earthy aroma and taste. The White Alba Truffle is closer to a blonde color with a smoother skin. This ingrident boasts a garlicky flavor as well as the popular musky and earthy aroma.
“At the time I write, the glory of the truffle has now reached its culmination. Who would dare to say that he has been at a dinner where there was not a pièce truffée? Who has not felt his mouth water in hearing truffles a la provencale spoken of? In fine, the truffle is the very diamond of gastronomy.”
Jean Antheleme Brillat-Savarin | French Epicure, The Physiology of Taste, 1825