Collaborators with Australia’s leading truffle farmers in Western Australia, New South Wales, Tasmania and Victoria – and more recently in Spain and Hungary – Friend & Burrell has extensive, specialist experience and understanding of truffles: the fungal fruits which have mystified and intoxicated living beings since ancient times with their warm fragrance and earthy, musky, pungent complexity. Simon and Bryan share a view that every truffle requires careful assessment of appearance, feel, aroma, flavour, moisture, texture and overall condition before it’s introduced to any kitchen. Not every “pearl of the earth” is worthy of being a “diamond of the kitchen”. Simon Friend has a clear eye, a keen nose and a sharp trimming knife, assessing truffles, or parts of truffles, worthy of any kitchen’s attention.
During the early weeks of the European winter season, the time of the white truffle, the “trifola d’Alba Madonna” (“Truffle of the White Mother”), famously found in Alba in the Piedmont region of northern Italy as well as other parts of Europe, Friend & Burrell sources the most beautiful white truffles, naturally fruiting in national parks and forests in Hungary and on the Istria peninsula. In later weeks of the European winter season (usually after Christmas), it procures fresh Tuber Melanosporum truffles from Spain.
Never hesitate to inquire about available truffles. Mother Nature is in charge of the fruits of each season – Friend & Burrell procures the highest quality truffles available at any time within a season and grades them with an appropriate price scale. They also hold excellent quality frozen Australian Tuber Melanosporum truffles, available all year and as intoxicating and delicious as their fresh siblings.
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