A black truffle, commonly known as a truffle, is actually the fruiting body of an ascomycete organism, primarily one of the several species of this genus Tuber. Aside from Tuber, however, several other genera of fungi also fall into this classification including Geopora, Parasitica, Peziza, Chlorophyllum, and hundreds more. There are a few fungi, such as Geum (Cyanobacteria) and Miconzola (Methylocyanine), which are the result of microbial growth and are typically found in underground water systems. The fungi that make up a truffle can also be found in the decaying remains of an animal.
It has long been believed that the black truffle, which is widely considered to have been named by an Italian cook, Antonia Rossetti in the 1800s, was created for the Italian royalty, however, there is still no direct evidence to support that theory. Some of those who have found that the truffle's flavor was actually meant for royalty may well have been fooled by the rich flavor that this mushroom brings to a dish.
One of the most common ways of cooking with black truffle sea salt involves the inclusion of them as the main ingredient in a salad. These fungi, although naturally occurring, can quickly overgrow in warm areas and can often produce a black color to the flesh as well as an odor that is unpleasant. However, the black truffle will not necessarily turn dark as a result of growing too fast and may instead turn slightly yellow, almost greenish in color. This makes the mushroom ideal for use in salads because the outer layer of its flesh will retain its natural color, leaving it unappealing to the eyes. When using the black truffle in a salad dressing, the use of a balsamic vinegar base or lemon juice will help to retain its natural color.
There are a number of different recipes that use the truffle in cooking, though the most popular uses of this mushroom tend to be the creation of truffles for garnishing on sandwiches or pizzas. In most cases, the use of this mushroom as a garnish is simply the addition of some bread or crackers as a garnish. However, in some cases, it can also be used in the creation of truffles, which require more effort and a higher level of creativity.
One way to ensure that you produce black truffles that retain their natural color and flavor is to use a product known as black truffle salt. This particular type of salt can be obtained from a company called Trim Salt and is available in a variety of flavors, including raspberry, salt water, and a special blend of flavors known as a cherry-smooth truffle.
The truffle salt that is produced by this company contains a mixture of potassium and chromium. While potassium can help to retain the natural color of truffles, the presence of chromium helps to preserve the fungus that causes the taste.
Using truffle salt as a garnish for the truffled elements is a great way to add a hint of natural flavor to your meals. When using the truffle salt as a garnish, it is best to use it as a substitute for any type of cheese, since it can be used to enhance the flavor of any cheese, but especially a rich type of cheese like feta or Gorgonzola.
A truffle salt garnish can be prepared just like any other garnish, with many variations possible, though most use the method that involves melting the salt in a saucepan. To melt the truffle salt, simply add the salt to a small amount of olive oil and cook the mixture over medium heat until it begins to turn golden brown. While the mixture is cooking, add the cheese of your choosing, then when it is almost ready, add the truffle mixture, which will retain its natural color and flavor when it is finished cooking.