Truffles are a type of fungus that grows underground near trees. Like other types of fungus, a truffle needs the nutrients, air and water supplied by a close association with trees or other plants to grow. Because of their subterranean nature and difficulty in harvesting, truffles can sell for extremely high prices.
To find truffles, a truffle hunter takes a pig, dog or other type of fungivore into an area where truffles are known to grow. The fungivore exhibits a behavior when it picks up the scent of truffle and the truffle hunter knows it’s time to dig. Once the truffles have been extracted from the ground, they are cleaned and are ready to be used in cooking.
Truffles have a distinct flavor and it takes very little shavings to add their distinct flavor to a dish. Many high end restaurants use truffles in their entrees and truffle oil is becoming widely available at local supermarkets. With the growing dominance of truffles in designer cuisine, it’s important for those with allergies to recognize the symptoms and take action before suffering an allergic episode. Continue reading
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