The truffle it's a kind of fungus which is characterized by its pleasant aroma and good taste. Their classification indicates that they belong to the genus Tuber , the family Tuberaceae and the division of ascomycetes .
Similar in appearance to a Pope or potato , truffles have a appearance somewhat rounded although rather irregular. Its external hue is dark, while its interior is whitish or grayish.
Although about thirty varieties of truffles have been recognized, not all are edible. Among the best known is the summer truffle (Tuber aestivum ), from flavor similar to the nut. The black truffle (Tuber melanosporum ), meanwhile, is characterized by a flavor that combines bitter and spicy notes. For example: "I'm going to order a chicken with green cream and black truffles", “I have never tried truffles”, "They say that, in some European regions, truffles are very popular".
Some truffles are true jewels in gastronomy. The white truffle from Italy (Tuber magnatum ), for example, can reach a price of up 6,000 euros per kilogram , which makes it a little accessible delicacy.
There is often talk of the abundance of vitamins and minerals present in truffles, a fungus that has very attractive medicinal and nutritional properties. It is a very light food, with a moderate content of carbohydrates and fats, but generous of Water.
Among the minerals found in truffles we can mention phosphorus, selenium and potassium, three of which occupy a higher percentage of its composition, but it also has sulfur, calcium, magnesium, iron and manganese, although to a lesser extent. As with all mushrooms, the truffle is rich in vitamins belonging to group B, mainly niacin and riboflabin.
Potassium is especially beneficial for maintaining the balance of our body fluids, greatly reducing its retention. Phosphorus, meanwhile, is essential for the formation of teeth and bones, in addition to helping to combat the stress and improve performance in activities such as study, which require a high degree of concentration and reasoning.
Mushrooms are a nutritious food and although their protein content is not especially high, as with cereals, nuts and legumes, it is at a level close to that of vegetable, especially when consumed after being dehydrated.
It should be noted that the notion of truffles is not only used to name these fungi. A truffle can also be a kind of chocolate or sweet It combines chocolate, cream, butter or butter and other ingredients. Its name is given by the appearance of truffles, similar to that of the mentioned mushrooms: “My mom prepared truffles for dessert”, “Thanks for the truffle box, they were delicious”.
The preparation of truffles is relatively simple. In principle it is necessary to have the following ingredients:
* Agave syrup (also called Agave or Mead honey);
* 100 grams of vegetable margarine (which can be prepared homemade with olive oil);
* 100 grams of cocoa powder (it is important that it is not sugary);
* chocolate in grana for the final decoration.
You should start by mixing the syrup with cocoa powder and margarine, looking for a consistency suitable for the truffle molding. Once this is achieved, simply make small balls and pass them through the chocolate in grana, to finally place them on a tray, with the option of using special paper capsules for truffles. After an hour in the refrigerator, you can only enjoy this simple but irresistible dessert.