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Looking for fresh truffles

chris coco Mar 27, 2010 01:13 AM

Anyone know a purveyor of fresh (not frozen, not canned, not jarred, etc.) black or white truffles in London?

Thanks in advance!

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    zedman_1 Mar 29, 2010 10:50 AM

    Saw some fresh truffles in Borough Market at Tartufaia last weekend in the Jubilee Market part.

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    1. re: zedman_1
      chris coco Apr 10, 2010 09:58 AM

      Thanks for all your suggestions!

      I will have to wait for a couple of weeks for my fresh black truffle order,however,seems like the truffle offer is a kind of poor here in London...

      My best,

      1. re: chris coco
        PhilD Apr 10, 2010 01:23 PM

        "however,seems like the truffle offer is a kind of poor here in London..." but isn't that because they are out of season? I suspect the offer won't be good even in areas where they are farmed like Perigord.

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      marcus james Mar 29, 2010 09:25 AM

      if you have missed the truffle boat chris, a very respected chef friend of mine taught me an ace cheat with the chopped, tinned variety where he simply reconstituted them with a touch (not too much of course) of good quality truffle oil. it basically re-truffled the truffle and gave a cost effective (relatively), seasonless result. absolutely brilliant for stuffing chickens or saucing in particular.

      1. greedygirl Mar 27, 2010 04:43 AM

        You can get them in Borough Market when in season - the fruit and veg chaps who have a permanent stall there (can't remember their name sadly but they also do a lot of wild mushrooms) sell them.

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          PhilD Mar 27, 2010 01:30 PM

          GGs point about only being available in season is very important. From what I understand white truffle season is in the autumn (Oct/Nov) and black in the winter peaking in Jan and then tailing off. You may be lucky and get some late season black ones in very specialist places but I suspect you have missed the season for fresh truffles in Europe, and the quality of any available will have declined.

          1. re: PhilD
            r.vacapinta Apr 6, 2010 11:16 AM

            Lina's in Soho had a handwritten sign that said they just got in some white truffles. We went inside and the owner brought out some smelly truffles in a tupperware container that he claimed he had just gotten from Tuscany. So I guess they are Marzuolo truffles. Grabbed a small amount (a few grams) for more than a few pounds.

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