All About Truffles
"The most learned men have been questioned as to the nature of this tuber, and after two thousand years of argument and discussion their answer is the same as it was on the first day: we do not know. The truffles themselves have been interrogated, and have answered simply: eat us and praise the Lord."
Alexandre Dumas (1802-1870)
Truffles have been prized by those with discerning palates at least since the Roman times. The Romans served black and white truffles as appetizers and in salads seasoned with various herbs and garum (fermented fish sauce). Then, as now, a gift of a truffle gave honor to the recipient and to the giver.
Truffles have been collected in some of the same areas for over 2000 years. Truffle spots are handed down through the generations. They have been marketed whereever they could be shipped. Due to the limited amount produced, truffles have long been considered the domain of the rich.
The families and businesses that have been marketing truffles for the past two millenia say that any truffles not found in Europe are inferior. Of course, this is to be expected as they have been the exclusive marketers of truffles for so long, and they no doubt feel as though they must protect their markets. Black Diamond will be the disprover of such claims!