Truffles – A Fascinating History

History of Truffles

What is it about TRUFFLES that continues to intrigue chefs, home cooks and foodies alike since the first truffle was eaten? While much is not known about the origin of truffle consumption, we can only assume pigs with gourmet palates first led man to imbibe on this delicacy as far back as the 20th century BCE.

Truffles are a type of fungus that grow underground and function as a food storage facility (or fruit) for the parent plant. Found among roots of trees growing only in certain regions of the world, edible truffles cannot easily be commercially produced and therefore remain both elusive and expensive. Some varieties, such as the White Perigord Truffle, can cost as much as $1,000 per ounce!

Perhaps you are lucky enough to take a trip to France or Italy in search of this “Diamond of the Kitchen.” Not only would you need the help of a specially trained pig to find this buried treasure, your effort may or may not even be rewarded especially because these animals have a tendency to eat the truffles once found. And if successful in finding your precious truffle or two, immediate exposure to air and the elements will begin to diminish its delicate essence and aroma.

What to do if your love for truffles goes unquenched?

Truffle Essence is your answer!

Truffle Oil, created and introduced by chefs and gourmands in Europe in the 1980s, has become the next best thing. By demystifying the flavor profiles that represent different types of truffles, we have an alternative solution that can be incorporated, stored and enjoyed over beef, poultry, pasta or risotto. A little truffle oil drizzled over vegetables or salad adds another dimension to the culinary experience.

Truffle Aroma® is one of the only world-wide providers of Truffle Essence tinctures, providing you with the necessary base ingredient to make your own truffle oil or butter. Added to Extra Virgin Olive Oil or Grapeseed Oil, the strength of Truffle Essence can be adjusted to suit your particular taste. Available in white truffle, black truffle and all natural varieties, Truffle Essence can be purchased in quantities ranging from 1/8 oz. to 1 gallon or more for commercial buyers. Please ask and we will accommodate your needs.