Ryan Maderak wrote:.... which type of truffle do you prefer?
I cannot help but think that when God created black Perigord and white Piedmont truffles, She created them equally, but each for its own purpose. As to my preferences - Perigord truffles for potato puree, Piedmont for risotto, Perigord for scrambled eggs and omelets, Piedmont with langoustines and lobster bisque, Perigord with pumpkin souffles, Piedmont for fritatta.
For many years in both Italy and France, truffles were "snuffled" (hunted by nose) primarily by pigs. In more recent years it seems that beagles have a special nose for black truffles. As much as I admire the pig (one of the most intelligent of land-based mammals, easily house-broken as a pet and, of course the supplier of bacon), I am completely in love with beagles. Thus, perhaps a leaning on my side towards Perigord where those lovely dogs, mostly bred in North Carolina and Tennessee, have become indispensable to civilized truffle hunting.
As a possible point of interest, white truffles are also to be found in Israel's Negev Dessert. Alas, those truffles are poor, rather soggy third cousins to the true Piedmont truffle.