Over the last 25 years, hundreds of attempts at cultivating the famed Black Winter Truffle (tuber melanosporum) have been made, many resulting in complete and utter failure. The most successful of these attempts have been concentrated in the Southern Hemisphere in parts of Australia, Tasmania, and South America. As this variety matures in the winter months and historically has never been available outside of the December – March season, these successful Southern Hemisphere growers are re-writing history as now this once winter favorite is available from June – mid August.
Truffles are similar to wine in that each region produces a slightly different terroir. Of the several countries now cultivating the famed Black Truffle species, our personal favorite Southern Hemisphere region is that of Chile, more specifically near the town of Chillan.
These truffles are absolutely stunning. With 5 X more aroma and flavor than Black Summer Truffles (tuber aestivum), our Chilean Black Winter Truffles are incredibly earthy and pungent with notes of cognac and chocolate.
Terrific to cook with, Chilean Black Truffles can be used in traditional ways such as atop pasta, risotto, pizza, or pretty much on anything. A truly terrific product indeed.
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