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Truffles can be described as gourmet fungi with tart, intense and earthy fragrance.
In the culinary world, the most popular are two basic varieties - white and black truffle.
In the past, allegedly people used truffles to reach Gods and witches, luckily today, even us 'ordinary mortals' can enjoy them. Truffles are used in small quantities as it is still sufficient to turn every dish into an exceptional gourmet experience.
What does truffle look like?
Truffles usually grow from the size of a cherry up to the size of an apple, but sometimes significantly bigger specimens are found (like the famous Zigante Millenium weighing 1310 g).
Truffles are shaped like tubers, but they are often compared with potatoes when it comes to their appearance.
How to find truffles?
The search or the so-called truffle hunting is led by a professional truffle hunter, with trained dogs. Dogs can find truffles with a subtle sense of smell.
In the past, truffle hunting was done by pigs, but nowadays, this is rare as smart pigs love to eat truffles as much as we do!
Interesting truffle facts from the past:
Old Greeks and Romans were using truffles as aphrodisiac and medicine.
In the Middle Ages, monks not allowed to eat truffles for fear that they would forget their vocation.