Summer Truffle Peelings
Our Summer Truffle Peelings, sliced and packed in truffle oil, are a convenient way to enjoy the mild, subtly musky, earthy flavor of truffles year-round. Valued for their deep, pungent aroma and flavor as well as their scarcity, summer truffles are a delicious flavor addition to many recipes.
Remove truffle peelings from can and rinse. Peelings may be used as is, or chopped for a finer texture.
Tuber aestivum, truffle juice, salt.
Summer Truffles (Tuber aestivum) belong to the family representing the most highly prized mushrooms in the world. They are valued due to their deep, earthy, pungent aroma and flavor, combined with their scarcity. Truffles grow underground in a symbiotic relationship with the roots of specific trees. They were traditionally hunted using female pigs, who would mistake the truffles' aroma for the mating hormone of male pigs. Unfortunately, since pigs are rather indiscriminate eaters, this led to the pigs consuming nearly as many truffles as were successfully harvested. Now, truffle hunters typically use trained dogs. Summer truffles grow wild throughout Europe, and are harvested roughly from May to August.
Summer Truffles are irregularly shaped and warty-molded by the stones that surround them in the soil-with a rough skin-like surface covered in small crystalline projections. When mature, the surface is dark brown to nearly black, and the inside of the flesh is pale beige with white marbling. They range in size from that of a walnut to that of a fist.
The powerful aroma and flavor of a truffle is famously difficult to describe, but it bears notes of garlic, wild mushroom and hazelnut. It is extremely umami, and lends an assertive flavor that quickly takes center stage in any dish. Hence, it is best to serve truffles with relatively neutral ingredients such as eggs, cheese, cream, potatoes, pasta and rice, which will allow the truffles to shine. Fats can capture and enhance the aroma of truffles, so they are favored partners. Summer Truffle Shavings can be infused into sauces or chopped and added to dishes to add depth. They should not be overcooked, however, as this compromises their flavor.
Our elegant Summer Truffle Peelings are preserved in rich black truffle oil to protect their delicate, earthy flavor. Use this aromatic butter to enhance meat or pasta, or melt it and drizzle over potatoes for a decadent flavor boost.