black truffle

noun

Definition of black truffle

: any dark-colored truffle; especially : the dark, edible, subterranean fruiting body of an ascomycetous fungus (Tuber melanosporum) grown especially in France, Spain, and Italy
  • Cut black truffles, which cost $800 a pound this time of year, are sautéed separately with shallots, garlic and thyme.
  • —Jacob E. Osterhout, Daily News (New York)27 Jan. 2013
  • In France alone, the annual black truffle harvest has fallen from about 1,000 tons in the 1930s to about 50 tons now.
  • —David JollyNew York Times21 Dec. 2012

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1702


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