The Périgord black truffle is considered the champagne of truffles by discerning culinary professionals for its earthy aroma and rich chocolate flavor.
The Italian Summer Black truffle is meaty thick with a rough texture that is black or dark brown in color. This variety has a knobby outer skin covering a tannish-white interior.
Winter truffles are much darker in color than its summer counterpart, the Black Summer truffle, with a much stronger flavor and aroma.
Some call the Burgundy Truffle the substitute for black truffles, but these mushrooms do not play second fiddle to their truffle counterpart.