This infographic will tell you everything you need to know about truffles from its beginnings to its common uses.
You probably know truffles as one of the most expensive ingredients we have around. That’s true considering that the most expensive truffles were bought for over $300,000 by a Chinese casino tycoon. It’s interesting to note that he previously bought a few truffles for about the same price.
A pound or more of the Black Perigord from France can cost $850 while a pound of White Winter Truffle from Italy can cost $2,500. Now that’s a lot of money for fungi! Even just a few shavings of truffles on any dish can bring that meal’s price to well over a hundred dollars. Now that’s what I call eating like a king.
Truffles have long been enjoyed by royalty. That makes sense since they’re the only ones who can really afford it. The ancient Egyptians held it in high esteem while the Greeks and the Romans used it for therapeutic purposes. In the Middle Ages, people used to fear truffles and labeled it “The Witch’s Fares”.
Truffles are really just a type of mushroom and it takes very unique conditions for them to thrive. People often use pigs or dogs to find them. Although it is possible to farm truffles, the most valued varieties are those that grow in the wild. They look like potatoes, although quite distorted really.
Often when you talk about truffles, a lot of people immediately think of the chocolate treat. The one with a ganache center and coated with chocolate and nuts. There’s a big difference there so it’s best you know about it.
That’s truffles in a nutshell. Read the infographic so you can get a better understanding of these Diamonds of the Gourmet World.
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