Truffle salt is a form of salt that is made from the dried mushroom Tuberculinum. This fungus is found in caves, on limestone and silts in the mountains of Europe. It has become a popular food item that is prepared by many people all over the world.
A truffle is actually the succulent fruiting body of ascomycete fungi, primarily one of several species of the family Tuberculiaceae. Besides Tuberculinum, other genera of mushrooms are also included under the name truffles such as Geopora, Pizicarpa, Peziza, Bricholoma, Leucangium, and several others. The fungi are found mainly in moist and warm environments that have little or no air and food.
Fungi do not require much light in order to grow, therefore they tend to be found on woody parts of rocks and other hard surfaces. Some species are considered to be more edible than others, the most popular and commercially valuable ones are those that grow in the Mediterranean region. One type that is widely sold as black truffle sea salt is known as Geophytum. This mushroom is commonly used as a food ingredient by chefs because of its pleasant odor.
Truffle mushrooms come in many colors including red, orange, yellow, brown, and green. Geophytum mushrooms are white with yellow patches and are widely harvested in Italy, France, and Switzerland. The fungi grow best in damp conditions but some are actually sensitive to moisture even in dry weather.
Traditionally, the black truffle salt has been used in Italy and France as a delicious and sweet topping for desserts. This is because black truffles contain a high concentration of calcium which makes them an ideal food for people who do not have good blood circulation or calcium deficiency.
It is well known that this type of salt has many health benefits. For example, it has been shown to be an effective anti-viral agent because it can prevent the growth of human papillomavirus (HPV). Black truffles have also been said to be an effective detoxifying agent that can eliminate toxins that cause cancer and other diseases.
There are a number of other health benefits of eating these mushrooms that are not so widely known. For example, the mushrooms are known to help with blood circulation by increasing blood flow to different parts of the body and by improving circulation to the brain. They also provide nourishment for the immune system and are known to have anti-inflammatory effects.
Other health benefits include an increase in energy and the lowering of blood pressure. They have also been shown to improve cardiovascular health. Also, they are known to reduce the risk of Alzheimer's disease, colon cancer, osteoporosis, colon cancer, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease.
It is easy to find mushrooms in stores and online. However, you may want to check out the Internet because it is easier to compare the different types and prices. There are also forums where people share recipes for dishes made with these fungi. It may also be a good idea to check out the websites of mushroom producers like Fagioli which have detailed information about the types of mushrooms, the quantities needed, cooking instructions, and nutritional values.
Many mushroom suppliers also sell pre-packaged truffles which you can buy in bags. These pre-packed mushrooms are ready for use right out of the bag. The truffles can be stored in airtight containers in a cool, dark place such as a refrigerator and can last for up to six months before you can eat them.
However, you must be careful not to overdo the consumption of these mushrooms. Do not exceed two cups per day for the best results.
Truffles also make a very good garnish on pasta dishes. Sprinkle them on top of salads or bake them in cookies or cake batter.