What Is White Truffles?
Truffle oil is a flavorful type of oil that is often drizzled over pizza, pasta, risotto or vegetables and is enjoyed for its rich taste and extensive health benefits.
When discussing truffle oil, however, it’s important to distinguish between the real and synthetic stuff. Real truffle oil is made by adding edible truffles to an oil base and allowing the flavors to infuse over several days. Ensuring you’re getting real truffle oil can help maximize the health benefits of your dishes while getting a more authentic truffle flavor. Synthetic truffle oil, on the other hand, is what’s mostly found on the market. It’s produced by adding a chemical called 2,4-dithiapentane to oil, which mimics the taste and aroma of truffles.
Truffle oil ingredients may vary, but it is usually made using olive oil as a base. However, some truffle oil manufacturers may use other types of oil, such as canola oil or grapeseed oil instead, diminishing many of the potential health benefits of truffle oil.
So what is so special about truffles? Aside from their high price tag, truffles are considered a delicacy due to their intense aroma and ability to punch up the flavor of just about any dish. Plus, they’re loaded with health benefits. Much like other types of fungi, such as mushrooms, truffles are loaded with antioxidants and flavonoids that can fight disease and boost overall health.
Why is white truffle so expensive?
“The white truffle is the most valuable because its very much affected by the weather and the climate in a given season,” says Marco Basis, co-owner of Done4NY. That’s because white truffles lack an outer shell, leaving them exposed to the elements.