A truffle is a tiny, seed covered, furry body of a tiny subterranean ascomyctes fungus, mainly one of the few species of this genus known worldwide. Besides Tuber, several other genera of fungi have been classed as truffles, including Geopora, Pterocarpum, Leucatinium, Chlorophyllum, and more than a hundred others. They have been widely used as an ingredient in preparations for hundreds of years now. The best known example of their use today can be found in the French truffle soup that is so popular today, although it is also used in Italy, Spain, Germany, China, Russia, the United States, and in Asia.
The name “truffle” comes from the Latin truffle meaning, ‘truffle like’. In order for us to enjoy their culinary delights, they must be kept warm. Unlike salami, truffles do not store well, but are still eaten just as much as salami; often better.
Truffle salt is the product most commonly associated with truffle cuisine. It is prepared from ground up truffles, or ‘dust’ as some people call it, with a mixture of butter and some form of liquid. Many different recipes are used. Some recipes add truffle salt, while others simply use normal table salt. Some of the more common versions of truffle salt are rock salt, kosher salt, and black summer truffle salt.
Truffle salt is most frequently added to savory dishes such as soups, stews, and stilton cheese pastas. Due to its salty flavor, black truffle salt has a tendency to overpower the flavors in these dishes. To overcome this problem, black truffle salt can also be added to the dish at the beginning, during the seasoning process, or as the main ingredient. It adds an intense and rich flavor to the food. Some of the other popular recipes using black truffle salt include shepherd’s pie, truffle soup, roasted chicken, potatoes and cheese, vegetable tray eggs, and vegetable cream cheesy omelet.
Sea salt and Epsom salt are two other popular forms of truffle salt. Both have their own distinct characteristics and use. Sea salt tends to have a lighter, less salty taste, while Epsom salts have a more intense flavor. They can be used in a variety of cooking methods, and are also sometimes combined with white table salt to enhance the flavor.
Truffles, however, are not found in sea water. The best way to get to them is by buying them from a shop that specializes in confections and specialty food products. The highest quality black truffle salt is made from gems mined in the French Alps, Italy, Switzerland, and Egypt. Each year, at the high summer tourism season, gem cutters from France and Italy travel to the mountains in order to find the perfect color. The higher the grade of black truffle salt you buy, the darker the color of the gems will be.
When purchasing black truffle salt, make sure that it’s natural. Many artificial compounds and additives are used in order to improve the appearance of the product. These substances may include monosodium glutamate (MSG), sulfates, nitrates, and nitrites. While they may enhance the look and flavor of your dish, they can also cause health issues. Also look for the seal of authenticity. Certified kosher salt is most often the best option because it’s produced according to strict Jewish laws and regulations.
A good way to keep your truffle salt from oxidizing is to store it in an air-tight container. A plastic container will keep it safe from moisture, while a dish rack works well if you’re trying to maintain its shape. Avoid wrapping the black truffles in paper as this will cause them to shrink. Also, do not allow them to come in direct sunlight since they will begin to turn gray!