Reno, NV (PRWEB) October 31, 2012
After a slow start to white truffle season, consumers can now buy white truffle mushrooms from Italy through online specialty food retailer, Mirepoix USA.
According to Mirepoix USA, a leading online purveyor of specialty gourmet foods and traditional French foods, white truffles usually become available in early October and remain available until late December. The availability of white truffles is dependent on weather conditions in the truffle growing regions. Italy, the primary source of the prized white truffle (Tuber Magnatum Pico), had a very hot and dry summer and early fall, which has led to an unusually low supply of white truffles during the month of October.
Cooler weather and rain during the last half of October has led to a slightly increased availability of the still scarce Italian white truffles. The rare mushrooms, used by chefs and gourmands throughout the world, are expected to be available in November and December in limited supply.
According to Mirepoix USA founder, Laurel Pine, white truffle prices are 25-40% higher than average due to the low supply. Because demand for the luxury food far exceeds the available supply, consumers should place orders early.
White truffles cannot be cultivated, and must be found in the forest by truffle hunters and their specially trained dogs. All truffles grow in random locations as much as one foot below ground in the root system of the host trees.
White truffles are creamy white to tan colored, sometimes with a reddish tone and are best served raw because the intense flavor and fragrance is lost during the cooking process. Fresh white truffles can be shaved on pasta, risotto, potatoes, eggs, sauces, or with poultry or other white meats such as rabbit or veal. White truffles also pair well with hard Italian cheeses, prosciutto and salami.
Mirepoix USA states that consumers should be aware that all truffles, including white truffles, should be wrapped in an absorbent cloth such as a paper towel and stored in an air-tight container in the refrigerator. The towel should be changed daily to avoid moisture collecting or mold developing. White truffles lose up to 3% of their daily weight, and should be consumed within a week from the day the truffles are removed from the ground.
Mirepoix USA sources the highest quality specialty gourmet foods and traditional French foods from manufacturers and importers across the United States. The company currently offers over 40 foie gras selections; fresh truffles including summer truffles, Burgundy truffles, Perigord black truffles and Alba white truffles and well as truffle based products; French charcuterie, and a wide selection of caviar. In recent years the online retailer has expanded product offerings to include Wagyu and US Kobe beef, French cheeses, and gourmet gift baskets and gourmet food.
To purchase fresh white truffles from Mirepoix USA, visit http://www.mirepoixusa.com or call 866-992-9559.