Yesterday we heard from someone in Bath who found some summer truffles whilst clearing ivy in their garden. Unfortunately, at this point of the year, they are unripe with no real flavour or aroma. The flesh (gleba) of an unripe truffle is white or cream in colour. In a ripe summer truffle, it will be the colour of milk chocolate with white marbling or veins. Sadly, you cannot ripen an unripe truffle.
Garden finds are not unusual, we get many each year. In the first lockdown, in May of 2020, a lot of gardening was done and quite a few unripe truffles were found.