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Take them for free, but spend your money on fresh truffles. Photo courtesy Sabatino Tartufi.




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KAREN HOCHMAN is Editorial Director of THE NIBBLE.



December 2006
Last Updated November 2013

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Truffles: An Overview & Glossary

Page 5: Canned & Jarred Truffles


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Canned & Jarred Truffles

What about those cans and jars of truffles? If someone gives you a jar of them, by all means use it. But truffles quickly lose their flavor after harvesting. Truffles in jars and cans also tend to be the least least flavorful varieties—Burgundy and summer truffles, for example. So, you’ll pay a reasonable amount for something that’s somewhat removed from its former self—like canned peaches. It’s best to save your money and go to a top restaurant for a truffle dish during December. Consider it your holiday treat.

We feel the same about truffles from regions other than Périgord, France and northern Italy. If you’ve already enjoyed the glories of Périgord and Alba truffles and want to see what truffles from China and other origins taste like, consider it an investment in exploration. But if you’ve never had the greats, don’t spend a lot of money on something that’s just O.K. and may have you questioning what the fuss is about. Save up a huge amount of money and go for the real thing.

We haven’t had frozen truffles so can’t comment on how they hold up; our educated guess is that the aroma of fresh truffles is lost and the flavor—well, see our earlier comment about what kind of truffles are usually sold this way.

We have very much enjoyed truffle paste, truffle butter, truffle oil and truffle salt. All brands are not equally good, so if you’re not willing to risk your own money testing different varieties, try to read reviews or get recommendations from friends or others who have tried them.

Pairing Truffles And Wine

Serve black truffles with a fine St. Emilion or a Brunello. The locals in Périgord will enjoy their truffles with a good Cahors wine, but few of those wines find their way to the U.S. The wine of choice for white truffles is Barbera or the other great Nebbiolo-based wines, Barolo or Barbaresco.

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