What is a truffle? An edible mushroom that is eaten fresh or cooked or smoked. There is no exact definition of what a truffle actually is, but it is a mushroom that contains an outer skin, a white pulp, and an interior, which is rich in flavor and usually dark red, brown, or black. The fruit that holds the "truffles" has been likened to a cherry, a pear, or a plum, with the interior resembling chocolate.
Truffles are produced in warm, moist conditions in some parts of the world, but they are not native to North America and can only be found growing on trees that have roots and vines that are used for vine farming, such as those found in New Zealand. Truffles are a small and delicate fungus, they are eaten raw or prepared in dishes that do not contain them such as in caviar, or as a garnish on food, such as in cheese.
The truffles themselves are very small, about the size of a pea, but the fruit is as large as a grapefruit, making it the largest mushroom in the world. It is also the most delicate. Because it is so delicate, truffles cannot be dried out properly for storage, so they must be preserved in the moist conditions that they grow in. The moisture, along with the fungi that help the mushrooms grow, creates a perfect environment for the production of these wonderful fungi.
Truffle has been created from a species called Geotrichum tuberosum this type of truffle differs in its color, as it is often red or purple, while a black truffle salt may also be produced. The color of the truffles can range from yellow, green, orange, pink, or even black, depending on the type of fungi being used to create the fruit. The flavor of the truffles can vary, from being acidic to having a distinct, sweet taste. The black truffles are the most popular among those who enjoy eating truffles because they are often salty, unlike their lighter counterparts.
Truffles are harvested in large quantities and then can be frozen, cut into small pieces, or ground into a fine powder. The salt that is created by grinding the truffles is then added to various foods as garnishing salts, such as seafood, beef dishes, potatoes, or baked goods, such as cheese or bread. While truffles are available everywhere, black truffles are more readily available, especially in France, Italy, and Switzerland, where they are called "pom-poms".
The variety of truffle salt available is limited only by the type of fungi used to grow them, and by the amount of sunlight that the mushrooms are exposed to. Black truffles are more commonly eaten and sold in stores than their lighter counterparts. When you buy truffles, they are usually considered a delicacy, as the flavor is distinctive and quite difficult to mimic using other types of salt or seasonings. While some people may not like the taste, others love it and enjoy experimenting by experimenting with different flavors.
Because truffles are so popular, many people make black truffle salt a part of their dinner table by making a mixture of it with other seasonings, such as herbs, sugar, garlic, and other ingredients. In France, a truffle "salad" is created by adding truffle salt, butter, parsley, garlic, olive oil, lemon juice, and oregano to water. It is best to add the mixture after it has been brought to a boil, as it will increase the shelf life of the mixture. When purchasing truffles, check for freshness by carefully reading the package or label.
If you are not fond of the taste of truffles, there are alternatives for those who do not enjoy the flavor. You can use pretzels instead of salt, in which case you need to soak the pretzels in water for a few minutes before you fry them. Another alternative is to make your own version of truffles by using egg yolks, sugar, vinegar, vanilla, lemon juice, and baking soda, but this method tends to take longer than using commercial truffles. You can also try creating your own homemade "truffles" by using dried fruit, nuts, cheese, or nuts in place of sugar. You can also find various recipes online, although it may be easier to find the store-bought variety.