Black Autumn Truffle (Tuber Uncinatum Chatin)
Fresh Black Autumn Truffles
The Black Autumn truffle (Tuber Uncinatum Chatin) also known as Tartufo Uncinato or Burgundy truffle, is very similar to the Summer Truffle, so much so that according to several scholars, it is actually an autumnal variety of this truffle. The differences, not always easy to tell, are related to the truffle’s appearance (peridium, gleba, shape and size), to the aroma, and especially to the later ripening period. Its skin ranges from very dark brown to black, with small warts; and its flesh varies from hazel to brown in colour, with extremely ramified pale whitish veins. The scientific name uncinatum derives from the Latin term uncinatus [hooked] due to the particular shape of its spores, characterised by membranes that, when observed under the microscope, reveal small hook-like filaments.