The word “truffle” is derived from the French word truche, which means “a plume of feathers”. This is because the black color of this edible fungus comes from the feathery structures that grow in the pore. The abundance of these structures in a certain fungus is what makes it this good. However, for those who are not on the “truffle” bandwagon, here is the basic understanding of truffles, how they are made, and what makes them so great.
Truffles are not a fungus. They are living organisms and form a filamentous stalk attached to a core. Fungi like sulfur compounds to aid in their digestion. Black truffles do not require sulfur compounds to survive.
As this fungal organism grows, it forms a stalk that will expand to become a fungus. The fungus usually reaches maturity by the time it enters the seed stage. As it grows and develops moldy stalk results.
The final phase is the “spongy” or fleshy endosperm. It is covered with spines and filamentous structures that further thicken it. This thicker endosperm is what gives truffles their taste and color. Once this endosperm has matured, the fungus disperses itself by creating spores that travel to other areas and start growing again.
Black truffles are also found in food products. In many cases, they are harvested directly from the food they were consumed with. The truffles in caviar, escargots, and truffles in wine have been purchased from specific regions and transported to the people that live in that region where the food was consumed.
But not only do truffles need salt to survive, but the black color is also essential for them to thrive. Many people believe that their eye-appealing appearance is due to its inability to withstand exposure to sunlight. The truth is, however, that it does indeed create a strong contrast against the background of light-colored foods and their colorful additives. At the same time, however, its inability to tolerate the sun’s ultraviolet rays is actually advantageous for your health. So why not use sea salt as a complementary coloring agent in your food, using the same principle of self-dimming?
The benefit of using sea salt in place of any other natural food coloring is its lack of added preservatives. The truffles that are used in a number of dishes already have enough of a sulfur compound in them to enhance their flavor.
The most important thing to remember when using sea salt in your food, however, is to use a properly labeled sea salt. While you may be tempted to use one that has a very similar look and taste, make sure you use sea salt. It has been noted that the color and flavors that are naturally present in truffles are lost when the salts are used, and the latter is believed to be more intense.
I have found that using sea salt allows me to get the most out of all the different colors and flavors of truffles I buy. When I put them in a dish with cornichons and cream sauce, I am able to use the black truffles with a color enhancement that will make them more attractive. By adding sea salt I am taking advantage of the fact that a certain section of the population will like the taste of the truffles while others may prefer the more obvious color.
In fact, using sea salt is particularly important for those who really enjoy the flavor of black truffle salt. While the use of the actual fungi themselves is acceptable, the color can turn off some of the more casual cooks and chefs. When buying for friends or family, you should always make sure to buy from a reputable retailer with a good reputation. You should also be sure to check the expiration date to ensure that you are getting the freshest truffles possible.
Adding black truffle sea salt to your menu can help to improve the overall taste of any dish. Since the pungent odor of this fungus is so pungent it can add to the overall flavor of your food. and is nearly undetectable in most foods. While it is normally difficult to detect in a raw form, it is much easier to add as a cooking additive.