A truffle, or nougat as it is known in the French, is a small, dark-colored, succulent, mushrooms that grow on trees in the Mediterranean, mainly France and Italy. A truffle contains a single seed which, when popped, will pop open because of its airtight cell structure. In order for the air to escape, a small hole is left in the center. The surface of the truffle is also covered with a whitish powdery substance which is what we know today as black truffle sea salt. Although this may sound like an unusual name for what is considered one of nature's most delicious foods, the history of truffle makes this name quite fitting.
Truffles are essentially the succulence of fungi. A black truffle sea salt, a mushroom of the same genus as the well-known Christmas mushroom, contains an interior that is made up of layers of mucilage, held together by keratin. In addition to Tuber's family of fungi, many other genera are classified within truffle plants, including Geopora, Peziza, Ligusticum, and others. While these fungi grow best outdoors, they can also be found growing indoors in truffle trays, wine racks, humidifiers, and other environments that provide the right conditions for growth.
While no particular person has been able to identify the exact ingredients of truffles, it is commonly thought that truffles are produced by fungi living in the soil where they are consumed. However, the most common ingredient used for the production of truffle salt (which is also the main ingredient in making truffles) is the dried stems of the Syzygium aromaticum tree. These stems are dried so that they will retain their palette or protective coating which helps them to resist decay and keep their shape when they are placed in a wine storage barrel. Once these stems are dry, they are roasted to get rid of the protection and the oil within the leaves starts to transform into a golden, aromatic, and bitter taste.
After this step, the truffle begins its long journey to your table. When picked, the leaves will contain a very small amount of oil which is responsible for their wonderful flavor. This is also the reason why many people mistake truffles for nuts and seeds the flavor of truffles will vary depending on how much oil they contain. However, other than their unique flavor, truffles are actually quite nutritious, as they are high in dietary fiber and protein. And the fact that they are also rich in antioxidants makes them even more enjoyable.
In addition to being highly nutritious and delicious, truffles are also widely considered to be great for you. They are a good source of essential fatty acids, vitamin B-12, iron, zinc, copper, and manganese. In fact, many studies have been carried out to test the effects of truffle consumption on cancer patients. It was found that the essential fatty acids they contain increased the ability of the cells to attack cancer cells, while the iron and zinc increased the ability of red blood cells to carry oxygen. In conclusion, it can definitely be said that truffles are indeed good for you!
While many consider truffles to be very salty, this is not true. Most authentic truffles contain no salt at all, as salt is not needed for good taste. However, since most Italian truffle recipes call for regular salt, it may be a good idea to include this ingredient anyway, just to balance the taste. Also, the lack of salt means there are less fat and more nutrients in your truffle. These are two important things to remember when trying to make the best Italian truffle recipe.
Truffles are made by melting three to four ounces of sharp truffle, then stirring it into a bowl of hot water. Wait until it has melted completely, then add one to two tablespoons of sugar or white wine. Stir until the wine is dissolved then pour it into your favorite drinking glass. You can also add a little cream cheese or ice if you wish. If you are serving it to adults, simply pour the entire mixture into a cup and add a sprig of garnish to taste.
The most popular way to serve truffle is still by the traditional way using it as a sweet. Many desserts are made this way, with truffles filling the baked good and working their magic on the taste buds. Many people even use truffles to decorate, for instance, Easter bunnies. There are many ways to enjoy this salty, sweet treat, so if you haven't tried it yet, you should give it a try sometime. You will never know what kind of flavor you will find inside your mouth once you indulge in a truffle!