The art of the truffle
Truffle hunting is usually undertaken throughout the wooded countryside with company of a dog to sniff out the precious delicacy at the base of trees in amongst the root or nearby.
In traditional Italy, this practice is how we still find truffles today. You could say every truffle found has a story. A unique story between human and hound. This mysterious fruit of the earth also has prime times throughtout the summer months when the soil gets to a perfect temperature for the dog to sniff them out.
Patience along with skill, knowledge and training is required to make the perfect truffle hunter in both human and hound. Training the dogs start when still in their puppy years and are perfected through the dogs life - and humans for that matter.
Once found preservation begins. It's better to wrap it in a paper towel, put it in a plastic or glass container and place the container in the lower part of the fridge (0/4°C) up to 2/3 days. If you wish to use truffle after 2/3 days, freezing is recommended to lock in that rich taste and nutrition.
Truffle helps digestion when consumed in moderation, it has only 31 calories for 100 grams and it is believed to be an aphrodisiac food.
La Follia Tunbridge Wells - Authentic Italian
New for winter 2016 we at La Follia are celebrating the truffle.
We include this delicate ingredient into our dishes to create ultimate rich taste and satisfaction.
Our Italian friends at Urbani Tartufi supply us with the freshest truffles that make our dishes extra authentic and tasty.
In our restaurant you will find us very passionate about this unique ingredient and our head chef Antonio cooks up the most amazing dishes that truly accentuate the rich taste of truffles.
We find the better the quality, the better the taste, so instead of just keeping it to ourselves we offer this exquisite underground delight for sale within our trattoria to our beloved customers that wish to cook with them at home.
About the truffles
TRUFFLE IS THE COMMON NAME GIVEN TO HYPOGEOUS FUNGII BELONGING TO THE TUBER GENUS AND CONSEQUENTIALLY TO THE TUBERACEAE FAMILY, CLASS ASCOMICETOS.
Being hypogeous mushrooms, truffles grow and mature underground close to the roots of some types of trees, specifically oaks and elm trees the mushroom creates a symbiotic relationship with, called mycorrhiza, through which the precious sporocarp is produced.
They are covered by an external wall called peridium, which can be smooth or textured, with a colour that varies from light to dark. The inner part is called gleba and its colour varies from white to black, from pink to brown.