Black truffles, also known as "sea truffles" are actually a sub-order of sugary fungi that include other members such as Calcium carbonate, Aspergillus, and Penicillium. A truffle consists of a single fruiting body of ascomycete fungi, primarily one of the classifications of the genus Tuber. Also known as the black truffle, this fungal species is native to the ocean's coastal waters, but can now be found in freshwater as well. In addition to Tuber, several other genera of sugary fungi are now also classed as black truffles, including Geopora, Peziza, Choiromyces, Leucangium, and more. In this article, I will be identifying some of their characteristics and providing you with further information on how to grow them.
When it comes to the actual fungi, black truffle salt is a derivative of Lecithin oil and Vitamin C, extracted from blue mussels. Although there are already several types of this marine fungi in the market, the salt takes its name from the dark brown color of the fungi. The presence of melange, the chemical responsible for converting melanin into black color, is what gives this salt its dark color. Interestingly, fungi that naturally produce black truffle salt are white in color, thus the similarity between the two in the name.
Although lecithin oil is typically used to promote healthy skin and cardiovascular health, this salt is also used to treat skin disorders like acne, rosacea, and psoriasis. Since it is a natural melanin inhibitor, salts with black color tend to prevent pigmentation disorders such as these from occurring. Thus, it is used as a topical solution in cosmetics and even in sunscreens.
Apart from its skin care properties, black truffle salt is also known for its culinary uses. It is used to make candies and cookies, although the process of making these treats involves the use of refined white sugar. In France, truffles are eaten as an appetizer or a cake, however, in the United States, it is mostly used as a savory treat. In fact, it can be considered as one of America's favorite desserts.
One of the reasons why black truffle salt became a popular salt in the past was because of its pungent scent. However, today, there are actually many artificial flavors that are added to the salt. Although this might result in a slight decrease in the pungency of the salt, its flavor remains unchanged. Manufacturers are able to create the salt into a crystal clear powder, which will look like diamonds when sprinkled on certain foods and drinks.
The color of black truffle salt is determined by the crystalline content found inside the salt. Higher crystalline content signifies better quality and a more crystalline flavor. Today, you can find black truffle salt available in different colors, such as white, ivory, pink, black, blue, green, orange, brown, and gold.
Moreover, another reason why black truffle salt became popular is that it is a healthy snack compared to other forms of truffles. Unlike many other truffles that are high in fat and calories, black truffle salt is low in calories and cholesterol. Therefore, it is perfect for people who are watching their weight. Moreover, it is healthier than other forms of truffles because it has fewer ingredients that may potentially harm the body.
There are many ways to make this salt. Most people prefer the use of a container, which is then filled with the powder. However, if you have no container to use, you can also buy black truffle salt in bag form. However, it is best to keep it in its original container until you are ready to use it. You can even sprinkle some of it on raw vegetables to add flavor to them. Finally, make sure to enjoy this salty treat once you learn how to make it.