Black Truffle Oil vs. White Truffle Oil: Is it that simple?
Many people think that it is as simple as black truffle oil vs. white truffle oil. It depends on your needs. There are so many nostalgic food associations that come to mind when I think of the dearest food accompaniment so close to my mac n cheese, French Fry loving heart; Truffle Oil. A perfect med-rare filet with a whipped Truffle Butter, Truffle drizzled crispy French Fries, or even an authentic Italian Pizza with just a hint of that special Truffle Aroma Oil drizzled over the top. The rich, indescribable, nutty, sweet and aromatic flavor, that each bite brings to your palette is one that can not be matched.
While There are quite literally thousands of recipes designed to nail that perfect truffle presence in your dish, The biggest question here, (besides what is this wizardry oil that could make something taste so incredible!?) Is..
Going even deeper into the truffle spectrum; what exactly is the difference between black truffle aroma and white truffle aroma? Which Truffle flavor compliments what dishes? Which can be used for hot dishes and which should be used for cooler dishes?
Now, don’t get too much anxiety about all this truffle shuffle quite yet; while my love for that incredible Truffle essence is a borderline addiction (I could probably add truffle oil to my morning coffee and be totally ok with it) these, believe it or not, are very culinary sound questions and one’s that I would love to shed some oil glistened light on.
What are Truffles?
Truffles are a type of “flower” like growth found on rare Mushrooms, in certain areas of the world. While they are so easily addicting, they are not so easily found! In fact, Truffles are often located at the base of forest growing tree’s, growing up to six feet under ground.
Both Black and White Truffles, are obtained by “hunting” by way of trained animals, who have the natural ability to smell the aroma of the Truffle itself.
Before you start gathering the troops and your shovels, don’t go recruiting the neighbors dogs quite yet; Our Truffle Aroma provides you with the luxury of the Truffle treasure without the crew of hunting dogs, (even occasionally pigs!) to track this delicacy down and for a fraction of the cost. The cherry on top? Our product holds true to the same quality of flavor.
Black Truffles, or more technically known as Tuber Melanosporum , Périgord Truffle or French Black Truffles (I personally prefer the less technical name for obvious reason) is a species of truffle, truly native to Southern Europe.
In it’s original handpicked state, the Black truffle is one of the most expensive edible Mushrooms in the world, due to both it’s rarity and difficult obtainability.
Black Truffle Aroma & Uses
The aroma found in black truffles are best released when heated or cooked, therefore they are often suggested to be paired with red meat, (think, that Filet with truffle butter) poultry, creamy sauces and other dishes on the richer side of life.
The flavor and aroma of WL are more potent and earth driven, than the more subtle flavor of White Truffles and Truffle Aroma. When used in the rich and flavorful dishes listed above, Black Truffle aroma can be the secret ingredient that leaves everyone pining for seconds. Can you say Truffle mac’n cheese?
The White Truffle” or “Trifola D’Alba Madonna” (“Truffle of the White Mother” in Italian) is found mainly in northern Italy and is most famously found in the countryside of Alba. While packed with a more delicate flavor than Black Truffles, White Truffles are not to be under estimated , nor under appreciated. They hold a particular rarity due to fact that they only grow in the cooler months of Fall and Winter, making them the most rare truffle of all, chinging in at it’s finest (and priciest) moment; just under $14,500 per kg.
White Truffle Essence and it’s Uses
White Truffle Aroma, being the lighter and more subtle side of the truffle world, still packs an incredible variety of complex flavors. Garlic, earth, robustly pungent, uniquely funky and subtly sweet, are just a few ways to describe this intensely addicting aroma oil. Because of it’s subtle flavor White Truffles themselves are usually served shaved over fresh greens, beef carpaccio, over warmed baked brie or crispy cut French Fries to add the essence over a variety of fare. Truffle aroma Oil is just as effective in creating this subtle blend of flavors by drizzling it over your favorite dishes.
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Winner, Winner, Truffle Dinner
Here comes to the ring, the 2oz, heavyweight champion from southern Europe, Black Trufflllle, battling the lighter bodied, quick on it’s Fungi shaped feet and packed with punch, all the way from Alba, Italy, White Truffllllee!
If put in the ring which one would take the belt?
That is one answer I do not have. Nor would I give up one for the other (are you crazy!?) Giving up the Black Truffle Aroma with its robust, nutty, rich and aromatic flavors paired with my favorite steak or Italian pasta dish?
Letting go of that White Truffle Aroma with its subtly sweet profile and complex mushroom and garlic undertones, drizzled over my favorite crispy fries or Beef Carpaccio? No, SIR!
I am, However, only one person (who’s truffle aroma addiction is as strong as my coffee and may even go in it in the near future) .Everyone’s taste buds and recipes are vastly different, which makes the uses all the more unique…So which Truffle Aroma is your favorite?
Black Truffle Oil vs. White Truffle Oil. Is it that simple?