6 Tips On How To Buy Fresh Truffles Online

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Dear truffle lovers,

We are The Bishop`s Reserve of Truffles for the Industry and we provide some of the finest truffles and truffle related products available on the market. After a quick review of the guides section we found that there is no guide on what you should be looking at when you buy your fresh truffles online.
Therefore, we would like to say a few words to all new buyers out there!

There is one very important thing to remember when looking for truffles: Winter is the best time for truffles. So, a truffle will be most flavourful during the winter season, which normally starts from October to March and peaks December to January.

Here are 6 quick tips:

1. Check if your truffles are not Chinese truffle likes or that Chinese truffle-likes are not used in the manufacturing process (for truffle related products).

2. Check the Grade you buy. Yes, truffles are graded too and the price may be highly variable depending on the Grade/quality.

2.1. Grade Extra is the highest class of truffles and includes truffles with perfect round shape, no wholes, no softness, no damage (excludes minor cut for interior check).

2.2. Grade A is Class 1 for truffles and it includes whole tuffles with no damage (small scratch is possible), imperfect shape (may have some wholes but still free from insects), well ripe truffles with allusive aroma.

2.3. Grade B is Class 2 and it includes the rest, very soft, pieces, unripe etc.(as most cheap truffles)
3. The Best truffles would come from France, Spain or Italy. By the best we mean long after taste and allusive aroma (dependable on species).

4. Make sure you have clear idea of what species you're after and avoid dissapointment:

4.1. Should you look for light and gentle aroma with some summer hints and after taste of hazelnuts and vanilla you can go for the Black Summer truffle - Tuber Aestivum Vitt (end of May till end of September).

4.2. If light is not enough you can go for the a bit more intense Black Autumn Truffle - Tuber Uncinatum Chatin (October - November, February - March). With aroma similar to the Black Summer truffle and medium after taste, but one or two ideas (depending on your understanding of idea) better.

4.3. Should you look for more intense and dominating aroma (which sometimes can blow your socs off) with some musky hints and after taste of "I have no idea what has just happened but it was amazingly thrilling" you can go for the Black Winter truffle - Tuber Melanosporum Vitt (November - March) or the Black Musky Truffle - Tuber Brumale Vitt(end of Jan - end of March/April).

4.4. And should you prefer heavy and garlic aroma you can go for the White Winter Truffle - Tuber Magnatum Pico
(October - end of January)

5. Check times of dispatch and delivery. The higher price is sign that there aren`t that many truffles and pre-booking may be a safe way to have yours on time for that special moment and avoid disappointment.

6. Ask as many questions as you think are enough and remember that sometimes the most important question is the extra one that you decide not to ask.

Please note this guide is not exclusive and covers some of the most important, but not all, things to think for when you`re about to purchase your truffles. Being a guide it includes suggestions based on experience and is not official statement.

Kind regards,

The Bishop`s Reserve of Truffles for the Industry
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