White truffle, a select wild gem
The 'tartufo bianco' is only harvested in autumn, which enhances its exclusivity.
Considered the most select truffle in the world, the white truffle (Tuber Magnatum) owes its prestige to its scarce and short season of availability, as well as its incredible and spectacular aroma. The white truffle grows wild from the end of September to the end of December.
This variety of magnatum truffle basically grows mainly in central and eastern European countries such as Italy, Croatia, Kosovo or Bulgaria among others.
celebrations such as the one that takes place every year in the Grizane Cavour Castle, near the town of Alba, in Piedmont, have grown up around its delicacy. This is the international white truffle auction for charity, where the most famous restaurateurs and gourmets compete to obtain such a precious gastronomic diamond.
Where to buy quality white truffles
As we know the market and the best season to consume white truffles, at laumontshop.uk you can buy fresh white truffles at their optimum ripeness.
Much of the white truffle harvesting around the world is done in Italy. It is there that it proliferates naturally in the forests of the Piedmont region, where it is considered to originate. However, during the last years the origin of this truffle can be found in several Eastern European countries.
Availability and opportunities to buy white truffle
The white truffle starts to grow in September, but its ripening point is not yet considered optimal for consumption. As it is such an exceptional and unique product, it is advisable to wait for its optimum moment to enjoy its aroma and flavour.
This optimum ripening moment comes with the cold. The sooner the cold arrives in the forests of the Italian Piedmont, the sooner we will be able to consume top quality white truffles. With a bit of luck, the first specimens appear in October.
As we get closer to winter, white truffles become more available and usually of better quality: if you want to consume fresh white truffles at their peak, the ideal months are November, December and, if the weather conditions are right, January.
White truffle quality
Laumont selects high quality white truffles for online sale. Being a wild product that cannot be cultivated, the Tuber Magnatum usually has an irregular shape (like the one in the photo) and exceeds 15g per piece.
Occasionally there are pieces of extra category: this means that they are truffles with a regular shape and whole. It’s for this reason that their price is higher.
What is the price of the white truffle?
The price of the white truffle is between 2.000€ and 6.000€ per kilo.
The white truffle is a very exclusive product and its production depends largely on the climatic conditions in the places where it grows. For this reason, the price of the white truffle is very volatile and can vary greatly from season to season.
Recipes with white truffle
The white truffle is enjoyed in very thin slices, as a finishing touch to simple, lightly seasoned dishes, such as salads, pastas and risottos.
At Laumont we bring you some recipes with white truffle:
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*So as to offer the best quality, we always send a whole regular truffle. We never send pieces of truffle or broken truffles.
*It is shipped in polystyrene packaging designed to guarantee the highest quality, aroma and freshness, without breaking the cold chain during the entire shipping process. The truffle is carefully washed, brushed and prepared for delivery.