Fresh Italian White Truffles (10g) Tuber Magnatum Pico
Season: October - December
The white truffle has a short season and is found in the regions of Piedmont, Tuscany, Emilia Romagna and Marche in Italy. It comes into maturity after the September rains, after the first frost has passed. Once formed it ripens in a single day, unlike the Périgord black truffle that matures over a month to six weeks.
In terms of size and shape, size is good - it is better to have one truffle than two smaller ones of equal weight. Highly prized white truffles are perfectly spherical since lobes and folds can harbour decay. A truffle larger than the size of a hen's egg tends to carry a premium greater than it's worth. This is largely due to the high demand of restauranteur wishing to impress their customers.