White Truffles ( Tuber Magnatum Pico) are also known as White Alba Truffles and they come from the northern region of Italy, typically Piedmont. Known as the diamonds of the culinary world, White Truffles are prized all over the world for their pungent aroma and distinct flavor. They are of a yellowish/gray color and shaped like a potato. The aroma of the White Truffles will fill a room with a heavenly mouth-watering fragrance!
White Truffles can commonly be found growing within the root structure of trees such as the popular, beech trees, oak, and hazel, just below the surface. Their color is usually brownish with white marbling to pale cream or off white. Italian white truffles are a delicate and rare type of edible mushroom mostly grown in Italy. The season runs from September to December. Fresh truffles are a very seasonal and rare product, hard to acquire and expensive. Furthermore, they are held in high esteem by gourmet chefs around the world.
How to use White Truffles
The skins for truffles can also be used for preparing sauces. White truffles are widely used for cooking food because of their distinctive aroma. They also add a sweet and unique flavor. You can either choose to grate or peel them. The peels also have a unique flavor that you can be great for scrambled eggs. They should be eaten with simple food such as meat dishes, eggs, and rice, pasta or mixed with salads.
Fresh Italian white truffles are best enjoyed immediately as you get your hands on them, but they can be stored for later use. Given how valuable fresh truffles are especially Italian white truffles and Perigord truffles, properly preserving them is worth the effort.
Store using a Fridge
A great way to store white truffles is in the fridge. Use kitchen paper towel or cotton cloth as an alternative to cover them. It is always advisable to change the paper and make sure it remains dry at least once a day since it absorbs the truffle’s humidity.
Store using a Freezer
Now if you’re looking to preserve your fresh white truffles from 5-10 months, get them freezing in the freezer. First and foremost, your truffles need to be without dirt, so begin by thorough washing and drying them. Once done, cover each truffle in metal foil, place them inside a ziplock bag, and then preserve in the freezer. Note that storing white truffles using this method will them last a bit longer; however, the aroma will continue to decline.
Store them in Rice
This method helps preserve white truffles from exposure to the air while imparting their flavor to the surrounding food. If stored on the fridge, it can also help them last a little longer. However, some people think by using this method, while producing tasty rice, it absorbs moisture and flavor from the truffles, and therefore, reducing its quality. Arborio and Carnarioli are the most common type of rice used because the infused flavor lends itself so well in preparing risotto.