Reno, NV (PRWEB) August 30, 2012
The first shipment of Burgundy truffles is expected to arrive in the US from France the first week of September. Usually in season from mid September until late November, Burgundy truffles are a “transition truffle, somewhere in between summer truffles and winter black truffles in terms of flavor, usage, and price”, according to Laurel Pine, Mirepoix USA founder.
According to Mirepoix USA, a leading online purveyor of specialty gourmet foods and traditional French foods, When ripe, Burgundy truffles have a chocolate brown interior with ivory veining. A close relative to the summer truffle (tuber aestivum), the exterior looks almost identical bearing a black rough surface formed of small pyramid shapes. These truffles have a delicate but distinctive hazelnut flavor and an intense, musky, flowery aroma. Burgundy truffles are more flavorful than summer truffles, but not as robust in flavor as black Perigord truffles.
Burgundy truffles are used similarly to summer truffles. They are best served raw or lightly cooked and are usually presented in thin slices. Use Burgundy truffles in salads, with eggs, potatoes, risotto, or pasta. Burgundy truffles add wonderful flavor to cream or stock based sauces, but should be cooked only briefly on low heat.
Mirepoix USA states that consumers should be aware that all truffles, including Burgundy truffles, should be wrapped in an absorbent cloth such as a paper towel and stored in an air-tight container. The towel should be changed daily to avoid moisture collecting or mold developing. Truffles can lose up to 3% of their daily weight, and should be consumed within a week. For maximum flavor and aroma, Burgundy truffles should be used immediately upon receipt.
All truffles grow in random locations as much as one foot below ground in the root system of the host trees and therefore must be discovered by the trained nose of a pig or dog. Dogs are more commonly used for truffle hunting today, as they can be more easily trained to simply find the truffles and not eat them.
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 Burgundy truffles from Mirepoix USA, visit http://www.mirepoixusa.com or call 866-992-9559.