Truffes: French word for "Truffles" . [t?yf] Noun, plural form.
Round fungus which grows underground, prized as a culinary delicacy, especially in France.

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Meet The Truffle
Meet the Truffle

Did you know?
In order to identify species of truffles, sophisticated DNA techniques are used. You can also examine a truffle under a microscope. If the spores show tiny spines on the surface and the color is dark, it means they are indeed truffles, if the surface looks honeycombed, the “truffle

I left France 15 years ago for the Silicon Valley.Let me state it clearly, it's not for culinary reasons that I moved ... Food is so important to us French people! I miss so much the taste of those black truffles we grow at home! Hmmmmmm, that truffle omelette with a good bottle of Château Gruaud-Larose (it's a Bordeaux "Grand Cru"). Felt like home!!! Thank you , thank you so much. Count on it, I'll be back soon!
Jacques, Palo Alto, CA

invited to one of those classy Saturday night Beacon Hill's dinners; everyone would come with their usual flowers. We brought a 0.45 Oz jar of winter black truffles. Next day hostess texts me: "Thank you for the truffles, the most elegant dinner present I've ever been offered!" Ben L., Weston, MA 02493
Ben L., Weston, MA 02493

Don’t Be Fooled, Know Your Truffles
For centuries, scarcity of production and escalating demand has made truffles subject to desire, ambition and even greed. Although strict regulations and legislation have been implemented in relatively recent years – making it harder for dishonest producers or entrepreneurs to cheat – fraud is still possible, and unfortunately in many countries, very common.

Besides the risk of buying false truffles, the similarities between certain species can be confusing for the inexperienced consumer. Wholesalers, producers, connoisseurs, chefs and restaurateurs alike… anyone who intends to get involved in the complex world of truffles, must be capable of distinguishing and identifying species, as well as their season, when they should appear on the market and their origins. This will avoid purchasing the wrong kind of truffles, resulting in wasted time, money and certainly lots of disappointing culinary experiences!

Whether they are fresh or cooked, there is a simple and common technique used to identify truffles from similar mushrooms or vegetables (sometimes “disguised

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