Fresh Black Truffles (Tuber Melanosporum), harvested from natural North Canterbury soils, with an ideal climate to ensure a truffle full of aroma and taste.
New Zealand Season: June - September
Black Truffles have a strong aroma and flavour that is very hard to describe and can vary throughout the season. Some flavours that are commonly used to describe them are cocoa, nuts, earthy, mushroom and something sweet like berries or beetroot.
Traditionally fresh black truffle is most commonly enjoyed with dishes like pasta, risotto and eggs. However, they do lend themselves to more creative dishes so don't let this limit you! Some of my favourite, not so traditional dishes, have been burgers and fries, sushi, creamy desserts and a truffle dark beer!
If it is your first time using truffle think along the lines of allowing your truffles to shine with foods and dishes that have a more subtle flavour... Think butter, creams, eggs, pasta, potatoes.
Our truffle butter is also a great way to use fresh truffle and very easy and versatile to use.
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How much truffle do I need?
This really depends on the dish, personal preference and how decadent the dish. Some prefer a subtle approach while others can't get enough. Around 5 grams per dish per person for the subtle approach is ample, while anything over 10grams per dish per person for the more extravagant.
How do I store my truffle?
On receiving your truffle wrap in a paper towel and place into a sealed container, glass jar or even a zip lock bag. Keep the container in the crisper compartment of your refrigerator avoiding the cooler areas of the fridge. Change paper towel daily to avoid the truffle getting damp.
Truffle starts deteriorating as soon as it leaves the ground so is best to keep this in mind when making plans and orders. We recommend using it within 7 - 10 days to ensure you can infuse some foods first but then also use fresh.
You can also store your truffle with certain foods that take on the truffle flavour. Some of these include eggs (the flavour can be absorbed through the semi permeable shell of a raw egg), cream and milk, cheese and butter.
How will my truffle be sent?
- Orders are sent Monday - Thursday on an overnight courier (this may be longer for rural delivery options).
- Truffles are packaged in a display jar (larger orders are vacuum packed). All perishable orders are sent with ice packs in a recyclable chillbox.
- Order weight of fresh truffle is the minimum amount that will be supplied. The truffles are packaged in a variety of sizes which will amount to the total amount of grams ordered.
- Orders must be placed by 9am Wednesday to ensure delivery before the weekend, otherwise it will be sent the following Monday.
Returns and refunds
Kings Truffles strives to deliver all orders in prime condition however we take no responsibility for goods after they have left our premises.
Because of the perishable nature of truffles we do not refund purchases. If you have any concerns with your truffle this must be reported via email within 24 hours of package receipt along with a photo of the issue.
Loss & Damage
Truffles are a delicate product which is why we pack them with care using ice packs, chiller boxes and an overnight courier service. All risk of loss or damage to the goods passes to the customer once goods are despatched. If an order is lost in transit, orders will not be replaced until such time as the original order has been located and returned to us.
To minimise risks we recommend that you arrange to be home when your order is expected to arrive or get them delivered to your place of work.