Summer Truffles (Tuber aestivum) are the commonest truffle species in Europe. Their season is May to August, though we would not recommend or sell them early in the season when the flesh is light and aroma and flavour are minimal. They improve as the season goes on and the flesh darkens. The flavour of Summer Truffles is described as nutty-tasting. The flavour and aroma are more subtle than our Autumn truffles and that of the Black Winter (Périgord) truffle but they are still highly prized.
These black Summer Truffles are usually sliced or grated raw over simple ingredients such as eggs, pasta, rice, chicken or fish. For some guidance, serving ideas and recipes see this page. They are harvested from truffle orchards and woodlands in a number of locations across England, found by trained truffle hounds and sent quickly to you – no air-miles here!
To ensure you have the freshest possible truffles, typically we do not hold any stock but will supply them when we next have them – usually every week. This means in general, we do not send out truffles on the day that they are ordered. If you require them for a specific date, please order well in advance and tell us in the “Order details” at the check out. After harvesting, washing and packing, we send them to you using a next day delivery service. Typically your truffles are with you within 48 hours of harvesting for the best possible experience.
For most dishes you will require 8 – 12 grams per person. A starter will want less than a main course.
- A 50 gram truffle is about the size of a large hens egg.
- A 100 gram truffle is about the size of a tennis ball.
Your order may be made of more than one truffle, or a piece from a larger one.
Fresh truffles have a limited shelf life so it is important that you care for them once they are with you. Learn more about caring for your truffles here.