Mystery of Truffles

Truffles are a type of underground fruit resembling a mushroom that develops from the roots of trees. Black truffles (Tuber magnatum) are found next to oak trees and yes, the old stories of dogs and hogs rooting up the ground to find the precious black diamonds is true. Hunters have to be very cautious of an animal team lest they find the day’s prize consumed. Commercially grown truffles are now being pursued in France, Chile, Spain, New Zealand, Australia, USA and South Africa by using offshoots of oak trees containing truffle spores.

The preparation of truffles is a delicate matter. Only the finest chefs are trusted with blending the flavors of these underground mushrooms with cuisine that intensifies the aroma and taste. Few restaurants in the United States are creative enough to master this craft. One establishment, Le Bernardin on 51st street in New York, uses the magnificent cuisine of Chef Eric Ripert to bring truffles the glory deserved. Excitement surrounds the kitchen during black truffle season that immediately follows the white truffle season. February is a great time to try out this restaurant’s newest displays of sensual truffle dishes.

Truffles are considered one of the most esoterically ingredients found on earth. Select a restaurant with four stars that have an artistic reputation for serving the succulent morsels or shaved pieces of truffles in a truly magnificent dish for a memory you will never forget.