Archive for February, 2010

Can Science Give Truffles a Boost?

February 25, 2010

There was an article recently in the London Times on the “flurry” of scientific projects that attempt to explain the relationship between truffles and trees in order to increase yields. An interesting read even if it has a very French bias -I would imagine the inhabitants of areas like Alba and San Miniato in Italy would argue with the article naming Tuber melanosporum as “the most revered and expensive variety” of truffles.

Nero Norcia Truffle Festival 2010

February 24, 2010

This weekend from Friday 26th to Sunday 28th February 2010 sees the first of two weekends dedicated to black truffles in Norcia, Umbria with the 47th annual “Mostra Mercato Nazionale del tartufo Nero Pregiato di Norcia e dei Prodotti Tipici” (known to its friends simply as “Nero Norcia“).

Operation “Truffle”, Piedmont

February 23, 2010

The blog of gelato arisans, Capogiro describes their epic mission to find the best restaurant with the best truffles and wine in Alba, Monforte d’Alba, Torino and Barolo on a 10 day tour of northern Italy.

Black Truffle (Brush) Extravaganza

February 22, 2010

David Lebovitz has continued his truffle tales with an article on his visit to a truffle laboratoire in Cahors (including the fantastic photo below of a truffle brush that looks truffle).

2nd Annual National Truffle Fest, Asheville, North Carolina

February 21, 2010

The 2nd Annual National Truffle Fest will be held in Asheville, North Carolina from 25th to 27th February, 2010. Events include truffle seminars, culinary and wine education and a truffle dinner.

The Truffle Market in Lalbenque

February 20, 2010

After posting about his day truffle hunting with a truffle hunting pig David Lebovitz has also added a tale of a trip to the black truffle market in Lalbenque, France in which he describes the unusual way truffles are purchased:

Unlike other markets in France, it’s up to the buyer to name the price, to make an offer. Since these people have just two months to make their money, they’re not all that willing to let them go for too cheap. But compared to prices anywhere else, these truffles are a major bargain.

The Smell of Truffles

February 19, 2010

I have heard many attempts at describing the smell of truffles but Georgina Laidlaw makes an unusual comparison in an article entitled “Foodies Savor the Smell of Rich People” which discusses the view of truffles in Australia as being “exclusive”:

In one memorable episode of the long-running but now discontinued ABC food program The Cook and The Chef, Maggie Beer sniffed ecstatically at an Australian black truffle before proffering it to co-host Simon Bryant. The chuckling Bryant told her it smelled like rich people.”


Black Diamonds in Gourdon, France

February 18, 2010

A report on a visit to the truffle market  in Gourdon, France by John and Sue a self-confessed “retired couple of idiots”.

A Bad Truffle Harvest in Oregon?

February 16, 2010

Laura McCandlish reports on a trip to the Oregon Truffle Festival and a depressing truffle harvest in Oregon which was apparently caused by a cold snap in December which damaged the truffles just as they were starting to ripen.

How to Choose a Good Black Truffle

February 16, 2010

Food blog “Fresh Local and Best” sets out an interesting guide on how to choose a good black truffle. Things they say to look out for are: weight to size, aroma and firmness.