With a pleasant and intense taste, this truffle is named for the hook shape of its spores. It is often used cut into thin slices or ground, to season traditional Italian first and second courses.
The hooked black truffle has characteristics that are very similar to the black summer truffle, many, in fact, classify it as one of its varieties. It is a large truffle that varies from the size of an egg to that of an orange, sometimes even exceeding 10 cm in diameter. The peridium is black with flattened pyramidal warts, the gleba is initially whitish then hazel and finally brown, with dense, slender and whitish veins.
It is a common truffle in central Italy and France. The harvest period is from September to December, although it can be found almost all year round.
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