Wholesalers and distributors
Wholesalers and Distributors
As a wholesaler or distributor you may already have been independently dealing with one of our Co-operative members. Well, EAT Truffles still includes your preferred Eastern Australian Tablelands truffle (also known as Perigord, black truffle or Tuber melanosporum) supplier but they are now also supplying quality produce under the new EAT Truffles marketing brand of the NSW/Truffle Marketing Co-operative. When you deal with EAT Truffles, you’re still dealing with the grower direct as we are the supplier of choice for fresh graded black truffles in the NSW/ACT region. To find out about our current black truffle supply or to enquire about our pricing, please contact us.
French black truffle v’s Eastern Australian Truffle
The French black truffle is famous the world over, however the Eastern Australian Truffle is the same, Tuber melanosporum. In a blind test, few, if any would determine the difference. And there is a good reason for this.
The quality of a truffle is derived not from its nation of origin, but the specific soil and climate in which it is grown. This is why the most famous producers of European truffles are locations where soil quality is scrupulously managed (particularly in regards to pH levels), where the summers are hot, winters are cold and frosts are a climatic normality. The Perigord region of France, the Italian north, and Teruel in Eastern Spain all experience these conditions.
We encourage you to approach our truffles with the same expectations you would a truffle imported from France, Italy or Spain. We are certain you will not be disappointed!
Class and grading
EAT Truffle produce are sold by class and weight. There are three classes: Extra Class, Class 1 and Class 2. The variables that are assessed when classifying each truffle include:
- Gleba (flesh) Colour (maturity or ripeness)
- Freedom from defects or crevices
- Pest damage
Extra Class truffles are the best quality whole truffle whilst those with slight defects or larger pieces will see a truffle downgraded to a Class 1 status. Both these classes have the characteristic strong truffle aroma. Those which are smaller, whole or pieces, irregular in shape, slightly less aroma or perhaps have pest damage or some other aesthetic failure, are likely to become Class 2. To put into perspective the size and weight of a truffle, the following guide may help:
- A 20 gram truffle is a bit smaller than a ping pong ball.
- A 50 gram truffle is about the size of a hen egg.
- A 100 gram truffle is about the size of a tennis ball.
- A 200 gram truffle is about the size of an emu egg.
For further information about storage tips, versatility and much more, see the ABOUT TRUFFLES section of this web site.
Come join us
Throughout the year EAT Truffles is involved with a number of events and food festivals where you can meet the team of passionate growers. Some of our members even host exclusive truffles hunts during the season so that you can experience for yourself the thrill of harvesting and cooking with truffles. If you’d like to meet us at one of our events or join us on a truffle hunt, feel free to contact us on 0497 783 053 or via the email supplied on this web site.
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