Features: Very small and smooth, the Macrosporum is a cousin of the black winter truffle. They typically measure .2 to .8 inches in diameter and the color is generally somewhere between reddish-brown to black.
Species: Tuber Macrosporum
Flavor Profile: It has a strong garlicky odor and its flavor is a cross between the white and black truffles.
Spec: Usable in most dishes that call for the white truffle, the Macrosporum is a less expensive substitute for either the white or Bianchetto variety but has a unique flavor.
Season: Winter to early spring, typically December to March.
Purchasing Options: Sold by pieces, weighed by the pound.