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About black truffles

Black truffles are a delicacy that are prized for their rich flavor and aroma. This rare subterranean fungus grows underground on tree roots in the shade of hazelnut and oak trees. The most prized black truffles come from the Perigord region of France, though black truffles can be found in some other areas as well. Truffles are extremely rare, which drives the price up significantly, making this a very special but pricey addition to a fine meal. The truffle market is expected to grow to almost $6 billion worldwide over the next 20 years. 

The flavor of a black truffle comes from its aroma, which can be described as meaty, musky, earthy, or garlicky. The chemicals dimethyl sulfide and 2-Methylbutanal, contribute to the distinctive aroma of black truffles. This fungus also gives off androstenol and androstenone pheromones, which may contribute to its appeal. For this reason, black truffles are lauded as an aphrodisiac and are a popular component of romantic dinners.

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FAQs About Black Truffles

Black truffles are expensive because of their rarity. They grow only for six to nine months out of the year. To find wild truffles, hunters typically employ trained dogs who can help locate their scent. Truffles have a short shelf life, so they must be shipped and sold or frozen in a very small window of time to retain their freshness and flavor. Many farmers try to cultivate truffles unsuccessfully, because truffles require very specific conditions to grow. They thrive better in the wild and require a hunt to harvest.

Though black truffles are pricier than other mushrooms, they're among the most affordable truffles on the market. White truffles are significantly more expensive.

White truffles are far more expensive and difficult to find than black truffles. The season for white truffles is between September and December. White truffles have a more pungent flavor and aroma with rich garlicky undertones. While you can lightly cook a black truffle, you'll find a white truffle is almost always served raw. 

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