november - march
Available from November to March, Premium Black Truffles grow in Italy, France and Spain, but they can also be found in a few other places, including: Australia, New Zealand and Tasmania.
In Italy, they are particularly prevalent in the regions of Umbria, Abruzzo, Marche and Lazio. Their flavour is well-balanced, with a sweet, pleasant aroma, reminiscent of melting chocolate and, at times, brandy. One of the most versatile truffles, they can be eaten raw, but the flavour is enhanced when heated gently.
The peridium is brownish-black with small pyramidal cusps. The gleba is also dark in colour, with purplish or reddish tones, and whitish veins of varying thickness which turn reddish when exposed to air and black when cooked. They can vary in size and weight from just a few grams to up to 500 g.