Black truffles are among the most exquisite and flavorful mushrooms in the world. A black truffle (Tuberculinum xanthocarpum), the fruiting body or stem of a subterranean ascomycete fungus, mainly one of two species of the genus T.uberculinum, is characterized by an ivory color, with grayish-brown spots on the cap and gills. In addition to T.uberculinum, other species of the genus are also known as black truffles, including Geopora, P. leporinus, Leucangium, Chlorophytum, and more than a dozen others.
A black truffle has different names depending on which Ascomycota subspecies it belongs to. Some are called black truffles because they have a darker color than the white truffle, while others are called white truffles because they have a lighter color than the darker species. The two species are very different in appearance, with the former resembling a dark red mushroom with gray spots and the latter having white, creamy white skin. It differs from the common black truffle (Tuberculinum xanthocarpum) only by having a smaller mushroom size.
Ascomycota is found all over the world in warm moist environments, including humid regions of Africa and Australia, as well as the cooler parts of North America and Europe. They grow best in shady, well-drained areas, so they prefer a sunny area with plenty of fresh sunlight. It's not uncommon for them to grow close to or on the ground in the fall and winter months.
Although Ascomycota mushrooms can be eaten directly, it's not recommended unless they are prepared properly. Most people purchase the salt from a salt dealer since they come in a very fine powder form. However, a lot of people also prefer to freeze their black truffles to preserve them for later use.
Black truffles should not be stored near other foods because the black coloring can easily tarnish other foods. When purchasing salt, be sure to use only dry, filtered water. This way, the black color doesn't seep into your food.
Black truffles can be used as a garnish on various foods, although they're best used as a condiment for meats. A nice garnish on pizza is a thin slice of fresh tomato on the outside and the inside with a sprinkle of salt. A black truffle cut in half then placed on a piece of baked or broiled bread is also quite delicious. Or try placing a little black truffle on a slice of baguette with a dash of ham or cheese and a dollop of mustard on top. This dish could be served cold or hot.
Another way to use black truffles as a topping is to prepare them as a salad dressing for a sandwich or wrap them in a lettuce leaf and place them in a napkin. A black truffle placed on a slice of cheese on a cracker is also a tasty treat. Or simply spread a little truffle salt on an eggplant slice and top with some mayonnaise. A few black truffles placed on a slice of it makes a delectable dip.
In the past, black Ascomycota mushrooms were considered to be poisonous, so most consumers simply ate them raw. However, new studies have revealed that Ascomycota mushrooms contain vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates, protein, and essential fatty acids. As these mushrooms are considered to be a "superfood" by many health-conscious individuals, it only makes sense to prepare them in a healthy manner and store them in the freezer to prevent them from spoiling.
Ascomycota mushrooms can be sliced, sauteed, or roasted to enhance their flavor and enhance their nutritional content. They make a delicious side dish or appetizer when prepared in the oven or by a hot grill. If you don't enjoy mushrooms, try to prepare them in a soup and serving with some cucumber, celery, green bell pepper, green onions, or garlic cloves on the side. The flavors will be amazing.
Ascomycota is a member of the Agaricales family, which means it is not a mushroom but a "seeds and nuts" family. In fact, the name Ascomycota literally means "seed and nuts".
There is no doubt that black truffle salt has a number of uses in our kitchen. However, if you are going to purchase your own, be sure you purchase a natural salt that does not contain bleach or any harmful chemicals, otherwise, you could cause damage to your health.