Black truffle salt is the succulent fleshy root of a subterranean aspergillus fungus, primarily one of two types of this genus, Tuberculastrum. Other genera of subterranean fungi known as black truffles include Geopora, Geotrichum, Peziza, Vozzia, Leucatinium, and hundreds more.
Truffles are highly aromatic, sweet, salty, and have a unique "smooth" texture which most people describe as being similar to a cross between chocolate and vanilla. Their taste varies from flavor to flavor, so some people will tell you they taste like a combination of chocolate and anise, while others will describe them as tasting like almonds or hazelnuts. There are about 400 varieties of this fungus and the exact species combinations vary from region to region. There is even variation among geographical areas where these fungi grow.
The main species of these fungi that contribute to the truffle's flavor and aroma is Tuberculastrum flavimaculatus. The other species is Tuberculastrum tuberose. Most of these are cultivated commercially, though a few are cultivated at home as well. The black truffle sea salt is harvested from the roots of both the wild and cultivated variety. Some of the harvested varieties have not been preserved well enough to pass as edible, while others have been preserved for centuries in a salty solution in which the taste is enhanced as the salt warms up.
When a natural, unrefined black truffle salt is made, it undergoes a refining process. This involves taking the fungus and other ingredients and then treating it with heat. This treatment prevents the growth of microorganisms that could spoil the fungus. After this stage is complete, the resulting salt is then dried to a fine powder. Some salts have been heat-treated even further to make them brittle enough to easily separate into grains.
Because this type of black truffle salt has been heated, it is often sold as an ingredient in baking or confectionery recipes, however, the actual use of this powder in food production is very limited. Since it is highly perishable, it is not safe to freeze. to be stored outside or exposed to air or direct sunlight for a prolonged period of time.
It also contains calcium carbonate, which is important in creating calcium carbonates. This is part of the process which helps it to become brittle. The powder is available in liquid or solid form. Many times it is mixed with baking soda or other foods to give it a smooth consistency.
Although it is a commonly-known fact that this black truffle has a unique and delicious flavor, it may surprise many people to know that a certain black truffle salt can actually do much more than simply add flavor to a variety of foods. The dark, salty flavor of this fungal seasoning is actually beneficial to those who suffer from high blood pressure, arthritis, or anemia.
People who suffer from these conditions can benefit from this natural ingredient by helping to balance their blood pressure. Studies show that it can help to lower the amount of potassium in their bloodstream. Since it can help to neutralize calcium, it can help the body get rid of toxins that may cause inflammation, atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) is another condition that can be helped by this ingredient. All types of people, no matter what their medical condition, can benefit from the use of black truffle salt.
Black truffles are also a great addition to a baked good like a trifle or a cake. Because they are so dark and rich, it is almost impossible to eat just one slice of trifle without experiencing a taste bud explosion. In fact, the smell alone will likely keep you coming back for more. If you are not the type who can just sit down and enjoy a bowl of chocolate ice cream, then try serving a trifle garnished with some black truffle salt.
Truffles are also a great addition to any recipe that uses chocolate or vanilla extract. They add a rich and satisfying flavor to many recipes, including cheesecake and sorbet. Another popular combination is the truffle dip, a filling dip made with chocolate truffles and a drizzle of vanilla extract.
Since they have so many different uses, you may not be aware of how simple it is to make a batch of this great tasting seasoning. In fact, the process of making a batch of black truffle salt takes little effort. There are many recipes on the market today that make use of this special ingredient, making it easy for anyone to create a healthy snack or treat at home.