A truffle is a rare and delicious culinary treat that is highly sought after throughout the world.
What is Truffle?
Truffles are an underground mushroom from the Tuber genus, many of which are extremely valuable for their potent flavor and culinary applications. Although not everyone enjoys mushrooms, truffles have a unique and delectable taste and are particularly well represented in French cuisine. Most truffle varieties form a symbiotic relationship with certain types of trees, ranging from oak and hazelnut to pecan and beech trees.
Truffles are also some of the most expensive foods in the world, costing hundreds or even thousands of dollars per kilogram. Truffles command such high prices because they don’t keep well for very long after they are dug up, and they are difficult to cultivate. Specially trained dogs or pigs often must be used to sniff out the truffles underground. The growing season for these mushrooms is also relatively short – only 3-4 months in length – which may explain the high price tag. Some of the various types of truffle include black truffles, garlic truffles, summer truffles, and white truffles, the last being the most prized and expensive of all.
In terms of nutrition, these mushrooms offer dietary fiber, as well as magnesium, iron, and calcium. There is no fat and it has a low level of carbohydrates. Vitamin D is also found in these mushrooms. However, since such a small amount of these mushrooms are used in most dishes, they are not commonly eaten for their nutritional value or density.
There are various health benefits associated with eating truffles, including lowering cholesterol and preventing premature aging, among others.
- Lower cholesterol levels
- Stimulate sexual health and desire
- Control corneal infections
- Reduce oxidative stress
- Prevent atherosclerosis and cardiovascular disease
- Boost cognition and prevent dementia
- Eliminate symptoms of depression
- Slow down the aging process
- Aid immune system with anti-microbial properties
- An aphrodisiac
- Prevent cancer
- Treat trachoma and other eye infections
How to Use?
There are many wonderful ways to use truffles, such as the following:
- Creating truffle oil as an unforgettable drizzle or topping
- Distilling your own vodka
- Making butter, honey, and various other sauces
Due to the exorbitant price, however, it is always recommended to use truffles sparingly. The potent flavor is enough to overpower a dish when used in excess.