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We offer three major types of fresh truffles: Tuber indicum, Tuber Himalayensis and so-called Female truffle.  Tuber Indicum is the major type and it alone accounts for more than 90%.  A truffle season usually starts from the 3rd week of August, and ends in March the next year.

Below is a chart on the availability, size and MOQ.

Name

Availability

Specification (size)

Minimum Order Quantity

Tuber Indicum white

From Aug. to the end of Oct., usually in stock for immediate shipping

Big: >4cm, no damage
Medium: 3-3.8cm,
Small: 2-2.9 cm

40 kgs

Tuber indicum black

From the 2nd week to next February, usually in stock for immediate shipping

Big: >4cm, no damage
Medium: 3-3.8cm,
Small: 2-2.9 cm

 40 kgs

Tuber Himalayensis black

From Dec. to next Jan., email for availability and order in advance

Email for availability

40 kgs

Female truffles white

From Sep. to Nov., email for availability and order in advance

Email for availability

40 kgs

Note:

Size.  The truffle is irregularly round and so the diameters of an irregularly round piece of truffle could be very different.  For example, the longest diameter could be >4cm while the shortest diameter could be less than 3cm.  We grade a piece of truffle by its longest diameter, NOT shortest diameter.

Quality.  All the fresh truffles we offer are in-season fresh truffle, brushed and washed clean of the dirt, no mould, no damage.
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Cool pack.  A 600 x 450 x325mm foam plastics (polyethylene) box in 7-cm thickness padded with tissue paper with a strong humidity-absorbing ability. The truffles are put into the pack and covered with the tissue paper. Then, five "dry ice" (solid CO2) bags are put into the pack to keep the temperature lower at about 2-5 centigrade. Such a cool pack last 3-5 days and holds usually 20 kgs of fresh truffles.  All the fresh truffles are shipped by air freight and since there is no reefer container available on the plane, cool pack is a must - it’s just the best and cheapest cold-chain solution.
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Pricing trend of the season.  When the season starts with white tuber indicum in Aug., the price is the lowest of the whole season.  The price will stay about the same until the middle of Oct. and it will increase 15-20%.  At the beginning of Nov., the price will go up quickly in Dec. all through to Christmas and New Year. The price will go up on a weekly basis.  Due to incoming Chinese Spring Festival usually in Feb., the price will go up further and reach the highest point – which is usually 180% to 200% of the lowest in Aug..  So, the best advice is to plan and make the order in advance, especially for Tuber Himalayensis and Female truffles which take longer time to prepare.
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