How to Make the Most of Summer Truffles26 Jul 2018, by Truffle Faves in
Summer is in full effect, and what better way to spend it than going truffle picking (and eating)? That’s right. It’s truffle season, and you know what that means: truffles on everything. But the sun is out and the skies are blue, and it’s high time we chat a bit about one particular truffle type: summer truffles.
What are summer truffles?
Summer truffles (tuber aestivum) or burgundy truffles (tuber uncinatum) are species of truffles found in most European countries. They grow below ground in open woodlands—with bare areas around the base of the tree (called brule or burnt area) as good indicators of their presence. Largest of the truffle varieties, summer truffles open the truffle season with a harvest time that stretches from May to August.
With a brown to black outer skin covered in big, bumpy warts, summer truffles sure resemble black winter truffles. But while they carry an intense aroma that is reminiscent of hazelnuts, they are far more subtle than their winter counterpart. In terms of flavor, it is nowhere near potent, making them perfect for use as garnish.
How to make the most of them?
Summer truffles’ unique versatility and approachable flavor make them an ideal complement to a variety of dishes. Their texture makes a lively addition to salads, vegetables, and grilled and roasted meats like chicken and steak. When it comes to pairing, they work really well with light-bodied vinegars, mascarpone, citrus, and aged hard cheeses, as well as caviar, fois gras, lobster, and creamy pasta dishes. If you’re keen to intensify the flavor, just add a dash of white truffle oil. Or perhaps you want a luxurious way of eating it? Just add shavings. Summer truffles are so good, it can elevate practically any dish.
Additionally, summer truffles can also come as preserved truffle products, often in the form of oils, salts, and honey. If you have some fresh ones, though, that you’re saving for fresh eating, you can make them last by keeping them lightly wrapped in paper towels. This helps absorb the moisture, ultimately preventing mold. If mold develops (typically after 5 days of refrigeration), however, remove the mold the same way you would on cheese products, and immediately freeze the truffle for up to a year.
With a flavor that explodes on the tastebuds and an aroma that is truly intoxicating, summer truffles make a perfect ingredient to bring indulgence to your next dish. Check out these easy-to-follow truffle recipes for a solid start. Or if you’re ready to get cooking, summer truffles are available through our website or by calling 877-455-1875. Get in touch with us today to inquire about prices.