The Black Winter Truffle aka Tuber Melanosporum is widely known throughout world cuisine as "Perigord" Truffles, or in Italy as the "Nero Pregiato", is considered the King of the black truffles.
Generally looks rounded, but can also be irregular or lobed, normally it reaches a size of up to 10 cm (3.9 in).
Characterised by small pyramidal cusps and black-brown skin; the winter black truffle's flesh is initially white, then dark. It is permeated by white veins which turn brown with age.
The Black Winter Truffle is considered to be the King of the black truffles, the distinctive flavour and its sharp aroma make it one of the most expensive edible mushrooms in the world.
It is judged to have the most superior deep earthy aromas and flavours of black truffles, and is so called the "black diamond" of the table because its divine taste.
It is considered among the most luxurious truffles, and some prefer it to the more famed Tuber Magnatum Pico (White Truffle).
How to preserve the Fresh Truffle:
The preservation can take place in the refrigerator, for short periods or in the freezer for longer periods:
- In the refrigerator (between 2 ° and 6 °)- It can be wrapped individually in an absorbent paper or enclosed in an airtight food container. The container must be replaced, if necessary, every day. Small white molds may form around the truffle, resulting from normal perspiration and water loss; in this case, the truffle is not yet ruined. It can be defined as ruined when it begins to lose its consistency, to become soft and consequently to emit a bad smell. Storage Period : approx 7-10 days.
In the freezer: Whole: after cleaning and drying the Fresh Black truffle, it can be frozen whole in a glass or plastic container for food use. In this case, it must still be used frozen. Storage period: About 5 Months.