In this article, we talk with Laurence Rolland , general manager of Maison Truffes Henras, about fresh summer truffles.
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THE SUMMER TRUFFLE WHAT IS IT?
"The summer truffle is a particular species of truffle, which is also called St. John's truffle and its Latin name is Tuber Aestivum . »
WHERE IS IT DEVELOPING? WHAT SEASON?
“We find them in France, we also find them in Italy, Spain, Bulgaria, Romania and even in Iran! It usually grows from the end of May, until the end of August »
WHAT MAKES IT DIFFERENT FROM ITS RELEASES?
“It is a truffle which is extremely light, with a fairly subtle aroma, which is close to hazelnut, and which is much less powerful than that of its cousin, the Melanosporum (the black truffle from Périgord)”
WHAT ABOUT ITS PRICE?
"It's a truffle which is also much cheaper than the Tuber Melanosporum, since in general you can find it around 200€ per kilo "
WHAT DOES MAISON TRUFFES HENRAS DO?
“We collect batches of truffles in the ground, we will clean the truffles, prepare them, canifer them, we will ensure above all that they are at optimum maturity to be able to send them, because as they are still very subtly aromatic , we have to be really sure that the truffle is as ripe as possible. »
HOW DO WE WORK IT IN THE KITCHEN?
"It's a truffle that should not be cooked , because if you cook it, it will lose all its aromas. So, we advise to work it raw, on pasta, either slice it or work it in julienne. You can also mix it with butter, it will be very light and good. Really the idea is to work it raw . »
ADVICE ON HOW TO PRESERVE IT?
“It is a truffle that is difficult to keep. It won't last more than ten days, so be careful. Do not hesitate to put it in absorbent paper, in the fridge, if possible in a tupperware, so that it doesn't smell like the whole fridge either. In general, it is recommended to consume it within ten days , no more. »