Known as the Tuber Magnatum Pico, or the Alba White Truffle, the mysterious white truffle is considered by some to be a natural aphrodisiac. The prized fungus is known for its distinct earthy flavor, musky scent, and intense aroma. The white truffle has been a gastronome’s dream, and it is coveted by chefs worldwide, who create culinary delights from the elusive white truffle.
What are Truffles? The Scientific Approach
Truffles are the underground fruiting bodies (or sporocarps) of fungi belonging to the family Tuber. Truffles live in symbiotic relationships with trees, with different species exposed to different temperatures, humidity, and altitudes. The result is truffles can vary in color, flavor, and shape, and their external skin can range from smooth to bumpy.
Where do Truffles Grow?
Deep in the woods, 6 to 20 inches underground and in a perfect symbiotic relationship with the roots of various species of trees, mother nature peacefully grows the sensational gourmet miracle of all times, Truffles! There are only four countries where white truffles grow: Italy, Croatia, Romania, and Bulgaria.
Truffles are the underground cousin of the mushrooms. They are roundish fruiting bodies belonging to the fungi family and have a firm consistency, comparable to a raw potato. Truffles are better known as tubers in the scientific world. Truffles are available in various colors and sizes ranging from white to black and can grow as small as a grape to the size of an apple; however, they rarely weigh over a pound.
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