01/10What are Truffle Mushrooms?
If you are getting confused with the name and relating it to chocolate confectionary, let us tell you that you are going completely wrong! Truffles are a variety of mushrooms that are smooth to warty in texture and belong to the family of fungi. Traditionally, this variety of mushroom was used as a medicine, but thanks to chefs and food experts, it is now a part of the mainstream food world. In addition to pungent aroma and strong flavour, they are also known for nutrients that have been linked to a number of powerful health benefits.
02/10How to identify truffle mushroom?
They are quite unique in looks with the rounded and fruiting body that can be lobed, with shallow to deep furrows and has yellowish, tan to dark brown skin. They have a pungent yet rich smell. Easily available in two colours white and black that are found naturally in the dense forests of Northern Hemisphere, especially Italy, Balkans, and France.
03/10Why are they so expensive?
Truffle is a wild product and totally natural. It is something that cannot be cultivated and that is what makes it rare and one of the expensive food products. They are generaly 30-60 grams in size, that costs around $30-100 in the global market.
04/10Truffle oil and its benefits
While we are still not done with olive oil, hte new entry to the world of fitness and nutrition is ‘Truffle Oil’. The oil is usually drizzled over dishes like pasta, pizza, and even vegetables to enhance their taste – and is used in ways similar to that of olive oil.It is rich in polyphenols that possess antioxidant properties, thereby preventing oxidative damage and cell damage.
05/10Rich in nutrients
They are rich in carbs, protein, fibre and contain both saturated and unsaturated fatty acids. It has been proven that they are a complete source of protein, that provides all nine essential amino acids.
06/10High in antioxidants
You will be surprised to know that the antioxidant content present in truffle mushrooms (black and white) is known to kill cancer cells and reduce inflammation. Regular consumption of truffle mushroom also lowers the risk of chronic conditions, such as heart disease and diabetes.
07/10 Antibacterial properties
They also have antimicrobial properties that help decrease the growth of specific bacteria in the human body.
08/10Effective against cancer cells
Though nothing has been documented till date, experts have observed that truffles also possess anticancer properties. It has been observed through anticancer effects on cervical, breast and colon cancer cells.
We all know the importance of inflammation in keeping the immune system of the body intact. Truffle mushrooms as a key source of inflammation help relieve it and hence promote overall health and immunity.
10/10Aphrodisiac in nature
Traditionally, black truffles are known as a medicine that have aphrodisiac properties. In early days, they were used as a medicine to cure reproduction complexities.