Got Truffles?

Today, truffles are referred to as “the diamond of the kitchen.” This delicacy has been around for many centuries but is fast becoming the food of choice for the upper echelon around the world and in Europe in particular.

Photo Credit: moi-même - Black Périgord truffle
Photo Credit: moi-même – Black Périgord truffle

Truffles are the fruiting body of an underground mushroom and are generally found among a cluster of trees.

They are well sought after in countries such as France, Spain, Italy, among a number of other European countries.

They vary in sizes and can reach 12 cm (5 in) diameter and 500 g.

The largest truffle in the world was found near Buje, Croatia. It weighed 1.31 kilograms (2 lb 14 oz) and has entered the Guinness Book of Records.

There are different types of truffles; some of which include white, black, and burgundy.

The flesh of edible truffle is pale cream or brown with white marbling.

The Italian white truffles are esteemed highly on the market and are regarded asthe most valuable.

Truffles are said to be one of the most coveted and expensive delicacies in the world and is viewed as the fungal equivalent to caviar.

A pair of white truffles weighing 1.5 kilograms (3.3 lb) is said to have fetched a price of $330,000 in 2010.

Truffles are generally served raw and shaved over steaming buttered pasta or salads or fried eggs. It may also be inserted into slices meats.

Today, one can also find truffle oil and truffle vodka on the market.

Yvad Billings, Readers Bureau, Fellow

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