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White Alba Truffles, Italy

Truffles are the jewels of Italian gastronomy and among them, the White Alba Truffles (or tuber magnatum pico) are the cream of the crop. Compared to the different varieties of black truffles, White Alba Truffles from Piedmont, Northern Italy, have a stronger aroma.

With a golden exterior and cream coloured flesh, these knobby tubers can be found growing around the roots of trees, mainly oak, chestnut, poplars, limes, hazel and beech trees and are usually harvested in autumn and early winter. Prized for their pungent yet intoxicating fragrance, the earthy beauties add incredible flavour when shaved on top of creamy tagliatelle or a classic gnocchi. They also turn the humble scrambled eggs into something extraordinary. White Alba Truffles are almost never cooked—the heat of the dish will bring out the intense perfume.

Available at Culina Dempsey Gourmet Store:

Now till December 2018

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Vacherin Mont d'Or, France

Often referred as the “the holy grail of raw milk cheeses”, the Vacherin Mont d’Or is truly a spectacular cheese. This artisanal pale yellow soft rich cheese is made from cow’s milk in France, usually in villages of the Jura region (an origin that has been officially controlled since 1981), and has a greyish-yellow washed rind.

Mont d’Or is a seasonal cheese with an AOC certification available from October to February. As the cheese is so soft and almost liquid after maturation, it is ripened and wrapped with a spruce bark, which adds a welcome woody note to the cheese. Packed in a characteristic spruce box, when matured, the cheese is full flavoured, slightly acidic, and is often served warm in its original packaging and enjoyed like a fondue. Once you pull a warm one out of the oven, and start eating it, it’s impossible to stop.

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Bouchot Mussels, France

Bouchot moules is the only mussel in France that has the coveted Appellation d'Origine Protégée (AOP) designation. Given to food whose characteristics are uniquely related to its place of origin, these mussels are considered a luxury ingredient in France, and other parts of Europe.

They are harvested between July and January in France’s Mont St Michel Bay where the water spans the borders of Brittany and Normandy. The bivalves grow on wooden pillars (bouchot) anchored into the seabed. At high tide, they thrive underwater, while at low tide, they are exposed to the salty ocean air, hence their delicious briny flavour. The small to medium-sized mussels have plump and firm orange-yellow flesh. Cook them with white wine, chopped garlic and parsley, and serve with French fries.

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Fresh Sardines, Brittany, France

Sardines are small, slim fish with a silver belly and blue-ish tinted back. This oily saltwater fish with soft bones is a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids, protein, phosphorus, vitamin D (good for bone health), and vitamin B12 (promotes cardiovascular well-being). Considered one of the most affordable fish on the market, it is commonly found canned as it is easily perishable.

Fresh sardines from the coast of Brittany, France, are available from May to October. They are particularly sought-after for their delicious firm flesh, thanks mostly to the violent tides in the coastal region. They are excellent either grilled, oven-baked or barbecued. You can liven up the sardines with lemon juice and extra virgin olive oil, or with a splash of balsamic vinegar. Alternatively, combine sardines with chopped onion and olives, or a mixture of chopped tomatoes and basil.

When buying fresh sardines, look for those that smell fresh, are firm to the touch, and have bright eyes with shiny skin. To store fresh sardines, remove them from the packaging, rinse and place them in a clean plastic storage bag and keep in the fridge until ready to cook. But they are best eaten fresh, so cook them as soon as you can.

Available at Culina Dempsey Gourmet Store:

Now till October 2018

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