What is Truffle?
A Truffle is the fruiting body of a Subterranean Ascomycete Fungus, predominantly one of the many species of the genus Tuber. It is a type of Fungus that grows on the roots of trees like oaks and beeches, drawing nutrients from the tree and developing its musky flavor.
What does Truffle taste like?
There are lots of different ways to describe the flavor and odor, but commonly you’ll hear it described as earthy, with musky aroma.
How are Truffle found
Originally foragers used pigs to scout out truffles, however their eagerness to eat the truffle has caused many regions to now switch to using dogs instead. Today in Italy, it is actually against the law to use pigs to hunt truffles.
Different between White and Black Truffles.
The slightly garlicky and peppery flavor of white truffle oil is a particularly good match with beef carpacio, white fleshed fish or shellfish, rabbit meat, and other meats with a more delicate flavor. While Black Truffle oil have a more robust flavor and can stand up to cooking. Add black Truffle oil to sauces (after the sauce is cooked), drizzle over hearty meat dishes, wild mushroom ragout, or add a tablespoon or so of black truffle oil to a vinaigrette.
Both black and white truffles pair well with mild foods such as pasta, potatoes, risotto, polenta, corn, cheese and eggs. It follows that all of these foods can be enhanced with either black or white truffle oil. Remember whether you chose black or white truffle oil, remember these important guidelines for using truffle oil. Use truffle oil in small amounts. Drizzle it, do not pour it. Cooking with truffle oil is not a good idea. High heat will compromise the truffle oil flavor.