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Transcript of Truffles
(upper Amazon basin)
Papua New Guinea
the Malasian region
(the nut: oily endosperm, and embryo)
Has not yet been found in the wild;
believed to originate from northeastern India or southern China
Indigenous to Afhanistan, Iran, Baluchistan, parts of former USSR and Turkey.
Indigenous to tropical America (mainly Mexico)
suggested to be in East Africa
Indigenous to southeastern Europe and Asia
Southeastern Canada and northeastern USA
Western Europe and the Mediterranean region
(ripe, dried seeds)
Sri Lanka (formerly Ceylon) and parts of India
(inner bark - branches, coppice shoots)
- Named after the precious black truffle fungus , native to Southern Europe, because of its physical resemblance.
History and Trivia
- A chocolate truffle is made of a ganache of chocolate.
- The first truffle appeared in December 1895, in Chambéry, France, when a pâtissier Louis Dufour, while preparing desserts for New Years, suddenly realized he was missing sugared eggs to make chocolate cakes and tarts.
Too proud to ask a colleague for them, he blended cocoa powder with hot cream and vanilla instead.
It is one of the most expensive edible mushrooms in the world.
- First commercially sold in London in 1902, when a relative of Louis Dufour - Antoine Dufour, - opened the Prestat Chocolate Shop in London.
Prestat’s most famous customer is Roald Dahl, author of Charlie & The Chocolate Factory.
Theobroma comes from the Greek and translates as “food of the gods”.
The original Truffel is a ball of ganache enrobed in cocoa powder.
The origin of the word TRUFFLE appears to be the Latin term TUBER, meaning "swelling" or "lump", which became TUFER and gave rise to the various European terms:
In Portuguese, it is both trufa and túbera.
Modern truffles can be coated in peppercorns, sweet curry, paprika, coconut, couverture etc. They can be balls, squares or other shapes.
As the concept developed, different truffle textures were created by rolling the center ganache in white confectioners sugar or finely chopped nuts.
National Truffle Day!