THE £70,000 ‘DIAMOND’
A 19th century French gastronome described truffles as ‘the diamond of the kitchen’ and their monetary value compares. In 2018 a rare 850 gramme white truffle was auctioned for around £70,000. Chefs across the world prize them, but what are truffles?
Basically, they are the fruiting body of a fungus and they are found underground usually close to tree roots. Because they are hard to find, animals with a super sensitive sense of smell are used – usually trained pigs and dogs.
White and the more common black truffles look a little like oddly shaped potatoes and have a pungent smell and a taste to match heavy on the ‘umami’ end of the flavour scale.
Truffles were popular in England in the days of Queen Victoria