Tracking Down Truffles

Truffles are the creme-de-la-creme addition to many dishes and it can be easily said they’re one of the most expensive foods in the world, not to mention the gaining popularity over this side of the Channel. But what does it take to find the ‘diamond of the kitchen’?

Commonly found in European countries like France and Italy, the fungi tend to grow best in south-facing woods, on chalk or limestone. Truffles like to grow in tree roots of beech, oak, hazel and many more, making it easier to find the common English Truffle.

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Flowing down the Wiltshire country lanes on a brisk winters day, feet crunching beneath the woodland, the truffle hound is sniffing out the strong smell of fresh English winter black truffles. Beneath the beech tree roots, a truffle is seeking to be found and is not long until the hound starts barking for the hunter to dig through the soil. There it is, a perfect Winter Black Truffle is obtained.

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There’s three common types of Truffles in the UK; the English Black which is found in rich chalk soils.5_640x480_truffle_cross_section

English Black Truffle

Summer Truffles which are the most common in Europe described as a nutty taste and smell. The Autumn Truffle, a close relative to the Summer Truffle, with the same shape and size. Only when it’s turned darker brown flesh, the taste and smell is stronger, being highly praised by many Europeans.

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Summer Truffle

Truffles can be made into a variety of different products. The English Truffle Company sells: Truffle oil and salt, combining them into a hamper, to add truffle to meals in an alternative way.

What’s your favourite truffle?

Photos: http://www.englishtruffles.co.uk

 

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