The Truffle: A spectacular delicacy
An ancestral ingredient in Italian cuisine is the renowned truffle. This hypogeous fungus grows underground to 5 and 20 cm in the root of walnuts, oaks, among other species of trees that are called as truffle species. Due to their way of growing, truffles develop unique scents, which provide a special value for man.
There are more than 25 types of truffles but the most recognized are: The black truffle or Tuber Melanosporum and Tuber Magnatum Peak or white truffle.
Black Truffle (Tuber Melanosporum)
Also known as “Tartufo nero pregiato”. This has a growth between November and March and is considered the most valued in the kitchen due to its delicate and penetrating aroma. Due to its exclusive harvest time and intense flavor, its price is among the highest in Italian cuisine and can reach up to 300 euros for only 200 grams.
White Truffle (Tuber Magnatum Peak)
With a short harvest period from September to the end of November, the White Truffle is one of the most coveted elements of cuisine in Italy due to its wild way of growing in Piedmont, Tuscany and other regions of Italy. Its unique external appearance is pale ocher tone, and inside it is reddish and brown tones crossed by white veins. The cost of this impressive delicacy is higher than that of the black truffle reaching a cost of up to 100,000 Euros for 750 grams.
October Truffle Month
The importance of this ancestral ingredient has transcended in a majestic way thanks to multiple festivals held in its honor. From small festivals to the renowned White Truffle Festival of Alba, October is the perfect month to visit Italy if you are a lover of its gastronomy and history.
The summit of the truffle can be seen in the Alba White Truffle Festival held in Piedmont in the province of Cuneo. Since its inception, this iconic festival welcomes visitors from around the world to highlight the importance of this delicacy. Along with this festival, the renowned auction of truffles is held in order to increase the prestige of this. This moment is part of the fundraising that goes to activities and charities (scholarships and charity for national and foreign institutions) contributing to reconsidering the idea of the truffle as a product destined exclusively to elite consumers.
To start the fall season there is nothing better than starting with a simple recipe that you can make at home.
Black truffles omelette
Ingredients for 6 people:
– 2 large potatoes
-100g of cooked ham
-1 Medium black truffle
– Olive oil
-Salt and pepper.
Step by Step
1.- Boil the potatoes and cut them into slices. Cut also the truffle and ham cooked in small pieces.
2.- Beat the eggs in a mixing bowl. Add all the ingredients above in this same bowl until well blended.
3.- Heat the oil in a nonstick skillet (or the one you use best when you make tortillas usually), and pour the contents of the bowl. Let it set on one side and, just like you do with a classic tortilla, turn it around with the help of one dish so that it is done also on the other.
4.- When done, place the tortilla on a plate and, if you want, sprinkle a little truffle cut in sheets on top.