The Health Benefits of Black Truffle Salt
Black truffles have become somewhat of a trend in the last few years. The most common way to enjoy them is by freezing them in large amounts of ice and then serving them on top of fresh crepes. This may sound strange, but it is a very popular way to prepare them at restaurants. I've even seen them at Chinese restaurants, although they were not originally from China.
A truffle is actually the fruiting body of a tiny subterranean ascomycetes fungi, primarily one of the families of the genus Tuber. There are over a hundred other fungi, also known as truffles, which are classified in the same group. They belong to the same family as nuts, berries, chocolate, vanilla, and saffron. All varieties of these plants are edible, although there are some which are poisonous. For this reason, black truffle salt is used in place of salt for those who cannot eat too much salt.
Unlike other types of food items, there is no great debate on the fact that truffles are delicious. It's hard to argue with their rich, creamy, and extravagant flavors. They appeal to both the palette of the rich and the palette of the poor. Everybody loves them. And who can argue with sea salts?
Truffles are created by taking the eggs and rolling them in the desired breadcrumbs. The resulting mixture is then seasoned with black truffle salt. The breadcrumbs that result are then baked in the oven at high temperatures. It may sound like an extremely long process, but it's actually easy if you have a reliable oven.
Black truffle salt is used not only to make black truffle eggs but also to create a wide range of flavored scrambled eggs. This is because black truffle salt gives perfectly cooked eggs a unique flavor. Black sea salts have traditionally been used as a flavoring agent for centuries. They were often used in Italian cooking and were a favorite for many different Italian cuisines. There was a time when it was even considered as a cure for the common cold! In fact, some ancient civilizations, such as those in Egypt, knew more about curing diseases with edible sea salts than they did about cooking!
Nowadays, black truffle salt is used mostly to add a bit of flavor to ordinary meals. It can be sprinkled over stews or mixed in with salad dressings for a light, fresh flavor. But it is a much better flavoring agent for scrambled eggs than unrefined sea salts. The unrefined sea salts lose a lot of their mineral flavor when heated above room temperature. When you stir-fry eggs, the mineral flavor is lost along with most of its sodium.
Black truffle salt has similar properties to both Brule and chocolates in regards to being able to keep food in your mouth longer. However, it does this at a relatively lower temperature so it doesn't have quite the same health benefits. It can also work as a very nice breath freshener by masking any of the unpleasant flavors of raw eggs.
Unlike the expensive "natural" version of this salty, you can buy black truffles in packets at almost any supermarket these days. The most expensive "real" black truffles tend to come from France, where they are more accurately called grand crullers. These tend to be mass-produced with little personal attention paid to the quality of ingredients or even the original style of manufacturing. Because of this, there is no surprise that black truffle salt packets are quite expensive. However, if you truly want to enjoy the unique flavor of this delectable pastry, you must ensure that you buy your pastry from a well-established brand.