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Mar 27, 2010 01:13 AM

Looking for fresh truffles

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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    1. 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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      1. re: greedygirl

        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

          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.

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

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          1. re: zedman_1

            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

              "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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