All you need to know about Truffles
Truffles are fungi that have been treasured for thousands of years; today, they are among the most expensive food items you can buy. One pound of truffles can cost as much as $450.
Unlike mushrooms, which grow aboveground, truffles grow on roots of trees at a depth of 5 to 10 centimetres below the surface. It takes special skills to figure out where they are and gently collect them. Sometimes people leave it to trained dogs and pigs to sniff them out.
Truffles do not have stalks or gills; instead, they are round, firm, covered in warts, and vary in size. Some are as small as walnuts, while others are as large as a fist. Over 100 different types of truffles grow all over the world, but you’ll find one of only 10 kinds in your food. Among these most common are “white truffles,” a very smelly Italian truffle, and “black truffles” from France.
The taste of the truffle varies with the weather during its growth, the type of tree roots it grows on, and the bacteria inside it. In general, however, most people describe the taste as strong and earthy—more like perfume than a spice.
One serving of a black truffle that’s been preserved in water and salt contains:
- Calories: 10
- Protein: 2 grams
- Fat: 0 grams
- Fiber: 2 grams
- Carbohydrate: 0 grams
The exact nutrients in truffles will depend on which kind you eat, but they’re all a rich source of amino acids and minerals, including:
- Vitamins A, B, C, D, and K
Some studies that tested a very strong truffle extract show that it may:
- Lower cholesterol
- Control blood sugar
- Protect your liver from damage
- Reduce inflammation throughout your body
- Fight bacterial infections
- Help prevent cancer
Truffle is widely loved by all and is very nutritious. It is available in a wide variety ranging from Truffle Butter to Truffle Oil.
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