Sublime Truffle Story

Few things are known about truffles given their rare occurrence in nature. We are thrilled to give truffles more light into the world and let you know about this unique and odd fungus, a diamond of cookery.

Truffles definitely have an unusual way of growing, yet an exemplary one. They grow in mutual accord with host trees which inhibit phosphorus from truffles. In exchange, these trees give away sugars so precious for truffles to keep developing. Undoubtedly, this unison is beautiful and inspirational. After all, at ChefXchange we do precisely that. Our Foodies indulge in their delicacies made with love by our Chefs. Chefs have a wonderful opportunity to showcase their talent and get recognition from gourmets. It is an ideal symbiosis, and we love it.

So what is the story behind truffles?

Truffles are mushrooms with a sense of purpose. It’s been touted that by growing underground they can suppress forest fires, temperature spikes and droughts. We like the sound of this story but we still believe their purpose lies elsewhere. 

The taste can be described as intense, pungent and earthy coupled with unparalleled flavour and aroma. These gourmet mushrooms were born for us with a little twist – find them please. With that arises the shortcoming of consumption in extremely small quantities. But is it really a compromise? We don’t think so. Otherwise, truffles would have lost their uniqueness, gourmet aspect and extravagance, and we certainly don’t want that to happen. More interestingly, truffles are still able to deliver strong flavour and aroma turning any soup or lamb meal into a magical experience.Sublime truffle story

Myths around truffles

  • Ancient Greeks believed that truffles’ provenance was related to lightning hitting the damp soil.
  • Dogs and goats are used to sniff out truffles which produce a chemical similar to the one humans secrete.
  • Truffles have plenty of monikers. We’ve picked for you the ones that stand out most – fragrant nugget, fairy apple, black queen, diamond of cookery, and the black pearl.
  • Until 1930 only the Collins family of Wiltshire possessed the Royal warrant to hunt for truffles in the UK. Since then everyone has been granted permission to seek the truffles out.
  • One of the rarest Italian truffles was sold for astonishing £28,000 at a charity auction back in 2004. It is incredible how much good can truffles do!
  • France is the largest truffle producer to date. French harvest up to 30 tonnes of truffles a year. To put this in perspective, toward the end of the nineteenth century the production was just over a tonne.
  • In the Middle Ages, monks were not allowed to eat truffles. At the time, black truffles were considered to be an aphrodisiac which would make monks forget their calling.

Where to enjoy truffles in London?

Truffles are as exquisite as the restaurants and venues they are served at. Our top picks include Orrery where you can enjoy new-season French asparagus with quail’s eggs and a black truffle dressing. Restaurant Story is another great option which has delicious brioche with truffle butter terrine and pickles on offer. Our third pick is Tartufi and Friends with its savoury duck club sandwich and yellowfin tartare with truffles.

But one of the greatest ways to try truffles is in the presence of your loved ones, and have a chef prepare it for you. At ChefXchange, Chef Andrea is renowned for his menus with truffles and we can definitely recommend you to give it a go! Not only will you love the food but you will have it in the comfort of your home experiencing the behind-the-scene beauty of food preparation.

Let us know in the comments section below how you prefer using truffles in your culinary experiments.

You might also want to read about our London-based Chef Daniel’s unveiled recipe for Baron Bigod Cheese Tart with Vegetables.