There is controversy on the scientific names
of Chinese truffles. Based on the knowledge from most people
including the truffle scientists and specialists from abroad,
the Chinese truffle we're exporting are:
Tuber sinensis or Tuber
Indicum- winter black truffle, hard
shell, brownish skin, dark or brown meat with white veins,
with lasting aroma, available from Nov. 10th to Mar. 20th.
NOTE: some people think it's Tuber indicum - the name implies
its origin is in India. But, we don't know any truffle suppliers
Tuber Himalayensis - winter black truffle,
very similar to Tuber Melanosporum, hard shell, dark and polygonal
textured skin, very dark meat with little white veins, strong
and lasting aroma, usually smaller and more difficult to find
than Tuber sinensis, available from Nov. 20th to Feb. 20th.
Summer white truffle - There are several
types of white truffles. The most common one is brownish
with smooth skin, white meat, a little bit juicy, lasting aroma.
95% percent of Chinese truffles come from Yunnan
(50%), Sichuan (35%) and Tibet (10%). The two truffle collection
and trading centers in China are Kunming (where we're based),
the capital city of Yunnan Province; and Chengdu, the capital
city of Sichuan Province.
Tuber sinensis, Tuber Indicum and summer white truffle - Yunna's
Chuxiong and dali (the part in due north of Yunnan bordering
on Xichang, Sichuan province, and the part in the northwest
of Yunnan), Sichuan's Xichang (the part in southwest of Sichuan
bordering on Chuxiong, Yunnan Province)
Tuber Himalayensis - Linzhi, Tibet; Zhongdian,
Yunnan (the part bordering on Tibet); Ganzi, Sichuan (the
part bordering on Tibet)
NOTE: Some suppliers claim they offer Tuber himalayensis
in large quantity - this is NOT true. Due to the high altitude
(3,000 - 4,500 meter above sea level), it's much more difficult
to harvest, collect and transport Tuber himalayensis and so
the output is much smaller than Tuber sinensis or Tuber
Indicum. In fact, only
a few suppliers in China supply Tuber himalayensis.
Chinese black truffle are not the same one
as the black truffle from Perigod and our white truffle is
not Tuber magnatum. However, "economy through quality" is