The truffle is a tuberous fungus that grows underground, on the roots of various tree species such as oak, poplar, or hazelnut bushes. Truffles grow from truffle spores that are spread by insects and maggots, among other things. Furthermore, the truffle also uses the nutrients of plants and trees.
The truffle looks like an irregular tuber with a diameter of a few centimeters. Pigs and wild boars love truffles and are therefore used to search for truffles. Due to the fact that these animals have usually already eaten half the truffles and cause a lot of damage, dogs are now also trained to search for truffles.
Truffles are very expensive. This is because the truffle cannot be grown, but must be sought. It's a real delicacy and comes therefore with a price. Truffles come in many varieties and each truffle has its own season. The season of the white and black truffle runs from November to January and the summer truffle from March to October.
Truffles also have health benefits. Some varieties contain antioxidants and white truffles are also said to have anti-inflammatory properties. They are full of phosphorus, calcium and protein. They contain hardly any fat and they are naturally sugar-free.
So truffles come with a price tag, but they are well worth it. Because they are so aromatic, you only need a little bit. Truffles are often used in Italian dishes. The taste of the truffle can be described as unique!