The Tuscan Black Summer Truffle is harvested, as per Regional Law 50/95, in the period between June 1 and November 30 throughout the territory.
Law 50/95 is on the cultivation and trade of fresh and preserved truffles for consumption and for the protection and enhancement of truffle ecosystems. A real point of reference for every Tuscan truffle hunter.
The Tuscan black summer truffle whose Latin name is Tuber Aestivum Vitt. is known among truffle hunters by the appellation of Tartufo Scorzone, which is distinguished by certain typical characteristics such as the peridium, or “rind,” which is particularly warty and black in color. This leads it to be considered one of the least valuable truffles even though it is an excellent edible mushroom. The gleba, or inner part, is lighter in color, a hazel color tending to yellow when ripe and is furrowed with numerous veins.
The medium to large size, the typically “mushroomy,” delicate and pleasant smell and the aromatic flavor similar to that of porcini mushrooms, make it an indispensable ingredient to enrich the summer gastronomic offerings of restaurants and tourist and agritourism accommodations frequented by Italian and foreign guests in search of the truffle’s truest and most genuine flavors of our land. The black summer truffle is very common historically in Tuscan homes where since the 1930s a strong tradition of truffle gathering has spread throughout the territory thanks to the use of truffle dogs and also witnessed by the presence of numerous truffle associations.
In Italy the black summer truffle is prevalent in Tuscany and Umbria where it grows in association with broad-leaved trees. In forests it is often associated with downy oak and holm oak, while in large parks, even of old mansions, it grows in symbiosis prevalently with holm oak.
Because its organoleptic characteristics are fully appreciated when it is well ripe, the summer truffle is used in cooking as a base for preparations with other ingredients, and delicious are the tagliatelle with black summer truffle.
Selektia Tartufi offers the opportunity to buy Tuscan black summer truffle or scorzone truffle while still fresh and have it shipped directly to your home or business very quickly.