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What are Black Summer Truffles?

Tuber aestivum, or the Italian black summer truffle, has nothing to do with chocolate. Instead, these truffles are a fungus that grow under oak trees primarily in the Umbria region of Italy, in addition to other parts of Europe.

Black truffles are prized for their culinary value, imparting a unique savory taste to any dish. They are often thinly sliced and served over pasta, infused into cheese sauces, or added to chicken, fish, souffl├ęs, omelettes or rice dishes. Some facts about Black Summer Truffles:

  • Black truffles are primarily hunted by pigs and dogs using their acute senses of smell. Pigs can be more challenging as they not only smell the truffles, but eat them.
  • Black truffles in cuisine date back to at least the 4th century BC, as referenced by Greek philosopher Theophrastus.
  • To many throughout history, truffles were ascribed divine, aphrodisiac and medicinal properties. African, Middle Eastern and European kings legendarily ate them by the basket.
  • Black truffles can fetch up to $3,000 per lb due to their scarcity. Those that try to cultivate them have to wait 7 years for a "crop" to come in. They are then dug up from the roots of trees that require ideal soil and weather conditions.
  • Truffles are round, warty, and irregular in shape and vary from the size of a walnut to that of a man's fist.
  • The season for most truffles falls between September and May.

Built on centuries of tradition and history, we are proud to bring you J&D's Black Truffle Crisps, the world's first commercially available black truffle crostini. Find out where to buy J&D's Black Truffle Crisps.