The pungent aroma, black knobbly appearance and earthy flavour of the truffle is an acquired taste but one that many foodies across the world revel in. Known as the delicacy of the fungi family, they are held in high esteem throughout the top kitchens around the world and can instantly turn a dish from mediocre to sublime. These prized diamonds in the rough were once a difficult thing to acquire for home cooking but are now being made readily available to buy through fabulous companies such as TruffleHunter. Here at Hero & Leander we adore the rich flavour encased in these aphotic tubers and with such a variety of products on offer including the raw fresh forms and infused condiments, they provide the perfect excuse to whip up a gourmet extravaganza for your other half.

TruffleHunter are a UK based family food business, sourcing truffles from a location in the Sibilillini Mountains in Central Italy. They specialise in selling the freshest and highest quality Italian truffles and truffle products to private clients, restaurants and wholesale. They are truly dedicated to truffles and are incredibly passionate about the products they sell. With truffle hunting becoming a dying art TruffleHunter are on a mission to give food lovers across Europe the opportunity to taste real fresh truffles; something usually quite difficult to experience when living in a city unless you pay top dollar in a swanky restaurant.

Truffle | Credit: Flickr User Leon Brocard | https://goo.gl/GtOSuo

Truffle | Credit: Flickr User Leon Brocard | https://goo.gl/GtOSuo

The truffle season begins from the first of October and the earnest truffle hunters and their loyal canine companions seek out the elusive fungi. Nestled in the cool earth eight to ten inches below the surface, the truffle requires specially trained dogs to seek it out. As they only occur naturally in the soil surrounding specific trees, and attempts to grow them artificially have proved unreliable, truffle hunting is a serious business. The location of the truffles is, in many cases, a closely guarded family secret passed down from generation to generation. One of the fabulous things about TruffleHunter is that they ensure that from the time the truffle hunters dig them up to the moment they reach your table their truffles are beautifully fresh; only one or two days in transit to ensure the best quality and freshest Italian truffles around.

Hero & Leander were lucky enough to sample the delights of the TruffleHunter’s complete Truffle Hamper and we just can’t get enough. In fact we have been drizzling, spreading, garnishing and everything in between with the delicious truffle products. All of the TruffleHunter products are handmade at their Cotswold base from the finest ingredients; a feature that they are very proud of. If your loved one is a gourmet foodie or you are looking to buy for a food obsessed couple, then a gift set from TruffleHunter should not be overlooked. Of course truffles can be expensive but TruffleHunter believe that great tastes should be available to everyone and so their products are affordably priced and we can’t help but agree; luxury truffles now have no bounds.

www.trufflehunter.co.uk