A truffle is a fruiting body that of a tiny ascomycetes organism, mainly one of several species of the family Tuberculata. Other genera of ascomycetes fungi are also grouped under the term truffles, such as Geopora, Pezizamia, Choiromyces, leucangium, geometry, and so on. Although the main physical characteristics of truffles differ from species to species, some commonalities are the fact that most of them have white to tan skin and they all have similar surface and appearance.
Truffles, particularly the black truffle, are often consumed raw, but this is not recommended. The health benefits of truffles are numerous. They contain antioxidants (particularly vitamin E) and they are also rich in protein, which is essential to healthy bone structure, heart function, and blood pressure control. Moreover, truffles are considered very low in sodium, which can be advantageous in saltwater and other body fluids.
However, one thing that makes truffles a favorite treat in Europe, particularly in Italy and France, is their black truffle salt. Black truffles have been used for centuries in Italy, and they are now exported to France and Spain. The name black truffle derives from the fact that the fungus that gives truffles its brown color is black in color. In fact, it has a very limited variety of brownish spores (compared to the vast variety of black fungi), so black truffle salt are only truly black by the melanin in their skin.
Black truffles are very sweet and are commonly eaten raw. In fact, black truffles are very popular with chocolate lovers, especially in the United States, because they resemble the dark chocolate that they love so much. Some even claim that they resemble the black licorice root. Some black truffles have a bitter taste, but this bitter taste usually disappears after a day or two when they are cooked.
A mixture of two teaspoons of ground black truffles and half a teaspoon of table salt creates a tasty but tasteless salt, which is very easy to make at home using your kitchen counter. You can sprinkle it over foods that you are cooking, especially pasta, rice, potatoes, chicken, or pork. As mentioned above, it's also delicious served on crackers. You may be interested in using it as a garnish in your favorite salad dressings or even as a substitute for mayonnaise.
For the perfect treat, put the mixture on top of your crackers when it's time to bake a traditional Italian meal. Alternatively, try it on vegetables or bread that you're baking as well. You'll be surprised to find how delicious this salty treat can be.
The flavor and texture of these black truffles may be a little different than those found in the shops, but you won't miss them once you try them. In fact, you will actually enjoy eating them more. A piece of black truffle with a slice of cheese makes a great dessert for any meal, especially if you serve them with your favorite bread.
Another way to enjoy a piece of truffle, and especially with an Italian twist, are to make a truffle sandwich. If you use a mix of the white truffles with a sprinkling of parmesan cheese on one side and a sprinkling of olive oil on the other, this is a delicious meal that is perfect for those days when you have a few minutes on your hands and you want something tasty. As with anything else, try to use quality ingredients and choose a reputable retailer who is trustworthy. This way you know that you're getting the best product for your money. Enjoy!