What are summer truffles?
Summer truffles are a type of edible fungus that belong to the Tuber aestivum species, also known as the Burgundy truffle or the black summer truffle.
Overview of the unique features of summer truffles: Summer truffles have a smooth, round exterior and a delicate, nutty flavor with a subtle aroma that is less pungent than other truffles. They are also more affordable than other truffle varieties.
How Summer Truffles Grow and are Harvested
Summer truffles can be found in Macedonia. They grow underground in association with the roots of certain tree species, such as oak, hazelnut, and pine. Summer truffles are harvested using trained dogs or pigs, which can detect the aroma of the truffle as it ripens underground.
Characteristics of the Summer Truffle
Dimensions – 7g – 70/100g and more.
Shape – Irregular round, oval.
Flavour – Delicate and pleasant, soft when young, more intense fully ripe.
Peridium – Black warty surface, with large bulging pyramidal warts, which give it a typical roughness and consistency.
Maturation – From may to August/September.
Internal – Generally brown in colour, more or less yellowish in the mature truffles, often lighter in colour; is crossed by numerous whitish veins, some thin others wider, very branched and variously anastomosed.
Physical Composition – Includes water, proteins, lipids, and carbohydrates,
which contribute to their nutritional value.
Rich in Nutrients: Summer truffles are low in calories but rich in nutrients such as fiber, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, which can promote overall health and well-being.
Boosts Immunity: Summer truffles contain polysaccharides and other compounds that may enhance the immune system by stimulating the production of immune cells and fighting against harmful pathogens.
Anti-inflammatory Properties: The compounds present in summer truffles also exhibit anti-inflammatory properties, which can help reduce inflammation in the body and prevent chronic diseases such as arthritis and heart disease.
Improved Digestion: Summer truffles are a good source of dietary fiber, which can help promote healthy digestion and prevent digestive disorders such as constipation and diarrhea.
Brain Health: Summer truffles are also rich in nutrients that support brain health, including B vitamins, zinc, and copper, which can improve cognitive function and prevent age-related cognitive decline.
Infused in oil, topping for bruschetta, infused in olive oil creating a truffle-flavored oil,added to soups or stews for an extra layer of flavor.
Truffles have a varying shelf life, and it’s difficult to predict how long they will last after
purchase. Fresh truffles should last at least a week for white truffles and two weeks for black
truffles. However, the shelf life of individual truffles can vary greatly due to their growth
underground and the inconsistency of their quality. While some truffles may last for many weeks, others may deteriorate within a day or two after being harvested. With good storage they can last from 7-14 days
To properly store summer truffles, it is recommended to wrap each truffle in kitchen paper or line the container with a double layer of kitchen paper. An airtight container made of either plastic or glass should be used to store the truffles. To maintain freshness, it’s important to open the container daily and allow fresh air in, even if the truffles are not being used. Truffles give off moisture, so the kitchen paper should be changed daily (2 days maximum), and any moisture that has formed inside the container should be wiped away. They should be stored in a refrigerator at 2°C.
Black summer truffles are transported with the utmost care.
Vacuum-Sealed Bags (2°C)
Styrofoam Box (2°C)