A black truffle, sometimes called a sugary chestnut, is a rare confectionary treat from the arts and foods world. A truffle is an underground fruiting body of a tiny subterranean fungus, primarily one of the Group II molds. While most species of this family produce a wine like substance, the black variety only produces a salty liquid that has a somewhat sweetish taste. Because of this, these suckers are mainly used as an ingredient in sweets. Also known as caramels, truffles have also been used as a food ingredient for centuries in Europe and in the Orient.
For over two centuries, the black truffle sea salt has been utilized by the culinary and pharmaceutical cultures all over the world. In fact, its medicinal value has been known by the Egyptians who used it to cure fevers and as a treatment for snake bites. In recent times, its healing ability has been proven by foodies worldwide by the inclusion of it in a number of recipes. More foodies are discovering that this salty flavor, along with its high carbohydrate content, makes it a perfect addition to their favorite pasta dishes. It even goes well with tomato-based sauces or vegetable-based soups.
Traditionally, the aspergillum or black truffle salt comes in two different forms. One of which is in its natural, unprocessed form while the other is prepared by adding it to regular table salt. Despite the different varieties, most cooks agree that it is much more delicious when served with fresh vegetables, especially tomatoes. Though it may seem strange at first to have something that is mostly used for cooking, it soon gets accustomed to the flavor and adjusts easily to be served just like regular table salt.
Most people notice the difference between the regular table salt and the "real" thing right away. The flavor is distinct and earthy, unlike the artificial flavors commonly found in grocery stores. The salt provides an exquisite aroma that is not at all overpowering or too strong. It maintains its natural flavor and aroma even when it is incorporated into other foods such as cheese, meat, and seafood dishes. One of the reasons why the black truffle salt is such a favorite among foodies is that it does not have a discernable taste or odor. It maintains its own kind of mysterious quality that makes it a must-have ingredient in any cuisine.
This salt works best when incorporated into foods that go well with it such as meat, cheese, and seafood. Although it is high in sodium, it is recommended that you stay away from salty foods while using it. In fact, it is highly advised that you keep away from salty snacks if you are going to use this kind of salt. Another important reminder to remember when using it is to make sure that it is only used on foods that are healthy for your body. It has been proven that the artificial chemical compounds and minerals contained in commercial-grade black truffle salt have some adverse effects on the body, so stick to organic and natural foods that are good for you.
There are so many recipes out there that call for this product. They can be used for making cheese sauces, salads, desserts, vegetable dishes, and more. Some of your favorite dishes that call for the salt include chicken ala king, scallops in cream sauce, shrimp gumbo and crab cakes. You can also make some more traditional dishes that call for this salt. One is Roasted lamb shank in butter with sage sauce, Shrimp with lobster salad, Chicken kabobs in cream sauce, turkey soup with cream sauce and beef stew with mushrooms for starters. The list of foods that can be made with black truffle salt is endless.
If you are looking for a healthier alternative to pasta, here is a recipe that can help you go that extra mile. You will just need half a cup of olive oil, one tablespoonful of chopped garlic, four cups of dry pasta, one tablespoonful of dried oregano, one teaspoon of dried thyme and one cup of lemon juice. Combine all the ingredients and let them marinate for thirty minutes. After the thirty minutes are up, heat the pasta and add the olive oil. Cover the pasta and let it cook until the pasta is al dente.
For another healthy and delicious breakfast treat, try grating rind from grapefruit and adding it to a blender along with two tablespoons of olive oil. Blend the fruits until you achieve a smooth paste. Add the blended pulp to a bowl and add a bit of black truffle salt. Scrape some of the mixture over top of your eggs. The truffle salt will give the egg an incredible flavor and keep it from curdling.