Gold in the Soil: Truffles

What are Truffles?

A truffle is, in the simplest terms, a fungus or mushroom of the genus Tuber. It grows underground, typically near or right beneath the roots of trees, particularly oak, beech, birch, poplars, and pine trees. They form a symbiotic relationship – meaning the tree and the truffles both get something out of the relationship, sugars, and nutrients. Chefs who use truffles usually shave or slice them raw over dishes, including pasta, rice, salads, eggs, and meats. They can also be infused into sauces, soups, cheese, butter, and oils.

Do not put fresh truffles in sealed plastic bags. If you do they will mold, get slimy, and smell bad!

How to store a fresh truffle? Start by pouring a thick layer of rice into the glass jar.

Place your clean truffles inside, set them a few centimeters apart from each other, and then pour more rice until your truffles are abundantly covered up.

Seal the jar and store it in a cool, dry, dark spot in your fridge.

Never eat any truffle or other fungus unless it is identified by an expert.

Truffle hunters in Italy use mixed-breed dogs to sniff out truffles.

The value of commercial truffles means that there are laws controlling their collection. In Italy, for example, truffle collectors are tested and licensed. There, organizations of landowners called cooperatives to control truffle hunting on their property.

DUBAI FOOD MARKET is proud to announce the new entry of a new gourmet collection of Truffle based products. The full collection will be available for sale by September!

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