What is Tuber Melanosporum?

black-truffle-Tuber-MelanosporumIf you’ve ever heard the term Tuber Melanosporum, you may be wondering to yourself, “What the heck is that?” But it is probably something you are very familiar with and perhaps even enjoy regularly.

Tuber Melanosporum is the scientific name for Black Truffles! Also known as Périgord truffle or French black truffle.

The black truffle, a rare mushroom that is hard to find and has a very short season (usually November to March), is a species of truffle native to Southern Europe and is considered to be one of the most expensive edible mushrooms in the world. Don’t worry though, we always provide it at the lowest price possible on caviarlover.com and HouseofCaviarandFineFoods.com.


Tuber Melanosporum (black truffle) is native to various regions in France, Italy, and Spain, where they are believed to have found refuge during the last Ice Age. France is said to supply roughly 45% of the world production of black truffles.

Black truffles are now also cultivated in Chile, New Zealand, North America, and Australia. Cultivation involves the planting of, for example, hazel trees whose roots are inoculated with truffle mycelium. The first fruiting bodies can be harvested about four to ten years after planting the trees. That’s a long time!


Black truffle (Tuber Melanosporum!) is used for cooking and helps refine the taste of fish, meat, pasta dishes and soups, providing a more intense aroma as it is heated.

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