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The white winter truffle cannot be cultivated. The only way to get one is to hunt it in the wild. This video looks at how to go about finding the tuber magnatum pico, the most precious truffle of all.
Here in Europe, new hunters tend to start out looking for black truffles. Once they achieve this, after their initial delight, their thoughts then quickly turn to the prize amongst truffle – the precious white winter or tuber magnatum. Novices are anxious to learn if their dog can locate the valuable white truffles given that […]
The second part of the ‘Trade Secrets’ series looks at the shadowy world of the truffle dealer. The Italian truffle companies are currently struggling to keep control of Europe’s white truffle supply. For decades their marketing departments have been manufacturing myths about the white truffle. This video takes a look past the smoke and mirrors […]
Every sector has its secrets but none more so than the truffle industry which is entirely founded on secrecy. This video, the first in a two part series, looks at the very secret life of the truffle hunter.
Having made two videos rubbishing commercial truffle oil, it is time to redress the balance and look at how to make a decent oil with real truffles. Be warned, if you are used to shop-bought oil with its enhanced flavour profile – the taste of homemade stuff is far more subtle. But also more fragrant, […]
In the 1990’s truffle oil was refered to by the industry as liquid gold. It was all ‘fake’ – simply olive oil flavoured with the chemical 2,4-dithiapentane, also known as formaldehyde dimethyl mercaptal. A spoonful of this synthetic aroma cost under 40 cents and this was enough to flavour a three-dollar bottle of olive oil. […]
This video shows you how to get the best black summer truffle for your money. You are buying a premium product, an expensive ingredient so it is worth knowing how to choose wisely. Find out the best time to buy and get all the details about what a great tasting product looks, feels and smells […]
Hunting for summer truffles is easier in many ways than winter truffling. However there are still a number of issues you need to consider. A little preparation is usually all you need to ensure that the hunt goes smoothly. This video runs through some of the areas where hunters may encounter difficulties and also gives […]
Found all over Europe and beyond, the black summer truffle is the commonest of all the species. It grows just below the surface of the earth which makes it easy for inexperienced truffle dogs to sniff out. Unfortunately, it is impossible to list exact growth factors as they vary greatly from region to region, however […]