Friday, 25 November 2011

What is a Truffle? The black diamonds from Sarrion, Spanish capital of black truffles (Tuber Melanosporum).

What is a Truffle?

The truffle is an underground fungus that lives in symbiosis with the roots of certain deciduous trees, typically holm oak (Quercus Ilex), oak (Quercus fagaceas) and hazel (Quercus avellana). All varieties of truffle usually have a roundish and irregular shape.



Truffle´s varieties:

There are several kinds of truffles, but the Black Truffle (Tuber Melanosporum) is highly prized as in international haute cuisine, and considered as the "black diamond" of the gastronomy.



In Spain, the most reputed variety is the black truffle (Tuber Melanosporum Vitt). They has a strong and peppery smell, and exquisite flavor. Harvesting takes place from late November to mid-March. 
Tuber Aestivum black truffle or summer truffle grows from summer until early fall. It can be distinguished by its angular wrinkles. The color is a brownish black and the flesh has an intense, characteristic perfume and flavor.


Around 50% of the global production of Black Truffle  (Tuber Melanosporum) comes from Spain and the town of Sarrion (Teruel) has the greatest surface of planted oak trees in the entire world. 


Manjares de la Tierra facilities, located in the middle of the Sarrion town,  stands to benefit from its strategic location,  just next door of the orchards, to be able to send out  fresh truffles to any part of Spain and overseas.


If you want to buy this culinary treasure, fresh, frozen and/or preserved, please do not hesitate to contact us for any information you might require.

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