I have a foodie friend. He has taken vacations where he works as an apprentice in a 5-star restaurant. You might say he's a rather serious gourmand.
I was thinking a nice gift to get him for his birthday (which is in 3 weeks) might be a black truffle, and a truffle shaver.
I went to Surfas (a local store here billed as "The Chef's Paradise") to find out when fresh truffles will be in. The man said in about 2 weeks. But, he said, the summer truffles will not survive being shipped back to the east coast if I purchase them through Surfas and have them sent.
I looked on the internet and found premium black truffles from France for $70 per oz. They are called winter truffles, and it looks like they come in a vacuum-packed jar.
So, what is the difference between winter and summer truffles? Should I forget about the fresh stuff and simply get truffle oil or truffle powder? I wouldn't want to send him something that will turn into a white elephant (i.e., if the truffle has a shelf life of 1 day, and he's leaving for vacation.)
Any suggestions and advice would be greatly appreciated.