Re: Truffles: A few basics

Discussion in 'Food and nutrition' started by [email protected], Aug 18, 2005.

  1. In general, good information.

    Did you know the first truffles in cooking 2000 years ago did not come
    from Europe but likely arrived from northern Africa. These were the
    Terfezia (especially Terfezia arenaria) which Plato, Socrates and
    others were writing about. Apparently European truffle species (Tuber
    species) were still unknown then.

    Europeans typically equate quality truffles with stronger, even
    overpowering aromas. But these are not for everyone. To me, Tuber
    magnatum (Italian White truffle) fresh smells of salt water and urea.
    Think of a pasture near a bay. Oddly the same truffle put in truffled
    oil is, to me, magnificent. A tiny droplet on a French fry changes the
    commonplace into a culinary experience which I highly recommend.

    More species of truffle are found in North America than Europe.

    Many more truffle species are found in Australia than in North America.
    Often these species are found growing on the sides of trees in
    extremely wet conditions instead of underground.

    Daniel B. Wheeler
    www.oregonwhitetruffles.com
     
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  2. pennyaline

    pennyaline Guest

    Daniel B. Wheeler (COUGH COUGH spammed COUGH):
    > Did you know the first truffles in cooking 2000 years ago did not come
    > from Europe but likely arrived from northern Africa.


    <hack, snip>

    > Oddly the same truffle put in truffled
    > oil is, to me, magnificent. A tiny droplet on a French fry changes the
    > commonplace into a culinary experience which I highly recommend.


    Truffle oil on french fries? You jest.

    Would that be McDonald's or Wendy's fries, then?

    <sorry Hoss, but we dotes on Fry Sauce in these parts!>
     
  3. What an interested screen name! Sounds like you're interested in
    different fungi than I am.

    As for truffle oil on French fries, no, I'm not jesting.

    This is actually part of the menu at a rather pricey movie theatre in
    Vancouver, WA that just opened up. And no, I'm neither making this up
    nor selling them truffle oil. But Cinematopia does offer dining with
    their movies... at a price.

    Daniel B. Wheeler
    www.oregonwhitetruffles.com
     
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