Scientific Name:
Tuber Brumale Vittadini.
Where:
Campania, Molise, Abruzzo, Lazio, Umbria, Marche, Emilia Romagna, Toscana, Piemonte.
When:
January to March.
Features:
A tasty alternative to the more expensive black truffle of Norcia.
Color:
Bulbous body, covered with warts, slightly rough to the touch. Similar in appearance to the black summer truffle with a rougher skin and a more irregular shape. Characterized by a dark black-brown peridium (outside) and a brown-greyish gleba (inside) with contrast whitish veining.
Aroma:
Intense with persistent notes of hazelnut and nutmeg, and a subtle turnip scent when fully ripe.
Flavor:
Pleasantly intense and aromatic.
Habitat:
It grows in hilly and mountainous areas, on soils rich in clay, tolerates higher acidity and humidity levels than other types of truffles. Grows in symbiosis with with hazel, oak, holm oak, hornbeam and olive trees.
Extra:
The black winter truffle is also known by the name of Black Trifola or "black diamond" of the kitchen.