What are Black Summer Truffles?
Tuber aestivum, or the Italian black summer truffle, has nothing to do with chocolate. Instead, these truffles are a fungus that grow under oak trees primarily in the Umbria region of Italy, in addition to other parts of Europe.
Black truffles are prized for their culinary value, imparting a unique savory taste to any dish. They are often thinly sliced and served over pasta, infused into cheese sauces, or added to chicken, fish, soufflés, omelettes or rice dishes. Some facts about Black Summer Truffles:
- Black truffles are primarily hunted by pigs and dogs using their acute senses of smell. Pigs can be more challenging as they not only smell the truffles, but eat them.
- Black truffles in cuisine date back to at least the 4th century BC, as referenced by Greek philosopher Theophrastus.
- To many throughout history, truffles were ascribed divine, aphrodisiac and medicinal properties. African, Middle Eastern and European kings legendarily ate them by the basket.
- Black truffles can fetch up to $3,000 per lb due to their scarcity. Those that try to cultivate them have to wait 7 years for a "crop" to come in. They are then dug up from the roots of trees that require ideal soil and weather conditions.
- Truffles are round, warty, and irregular in shape and vary from the size of a walnut to that of a man's fist.
- The season for most truffles falls between September and May.
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