How is the taste of truffe?

Aug 14th, 2000, 10:54 AM
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How is the taste of truffe?

Unfortunately, never had the amount of $$$ to try it, so want to know if truffe tastes like garlic? Is salty? Is unique and can not compare to anything? Maybe someday i will taste it too, until there i will trust in my fellow fodorites! Thanks a lot in advance.
 
Aug 14th, 2000, 11:54 AM
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I had a stew of lamb with truffle sauce in Salzburg and it tasted rotten. I love unusual stuff with different tastes(love goat cheese) but could not get used to it. My partner tasted it ( not a supertaster) and said it was OK
 
Aug 14th, 2000, 11:58 AM
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Truffle is not at all like garlic; and I think there must have been something wrong with gb's lamb.

It's delicate; a fungus like mushroom but with firmer consistency; and almost worth every penny.
 
Aug 14th, 2000, 12:02 PM
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Hard to describe, but "earthy" comes to mind. You should be able to buy a small bottle of truffle oil to give you an idea of the taste and smell.
 
Aug 14th, 2000, 12:45 PM
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Do we need a pig here to sniff out a troll rather than a truffle? Try food forums for the best advice, and yes, "is unique".
 
Aug 14th, 2000, 01:18 PM
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I'm still trying to figure out what a 'truffe' is.
 
Aug 14th, 2000, 01:27 PM
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I was also very curious about the taste of the truffle...

During a recent work trip to Palma I found an inexpensive but lovely Italian restaurant and tried the steak with truffle cream sauce...

I loved it, the taste was very subtle, and though it isnt the same as mushroom thats the closest I can think of, also reminded of me of nutmeg...

Dont know about worth the money...

Here it was not hugely expensive, less than £10 UK for the main course, and you could def see tiny flakes of it throughout the sauce...

Yum
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Aug 14th, 2000, 01:31 PM
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Don't you know, Elvira? You find truffes in Frankfert, Germanys.
 
Aug 14th, 2000, 01:56 PM
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Santa Chiara, are they hygenic?
 
Aug 14th, 2000, 02:10 PM
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Elvira,
They're not hygenic; in fact they are dirty, love dark places and are musty smelling, but I hear they are looking for a good time in Amsterdam.
 
Aug 14th, 2000, 02:16 PM
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But do they wear sneakers?
 
Aug 14th, 2000, 02:45 PM
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Nope they dont wear sneakers... too much european chic.

Instead truffes wear black pumps, good for walking in the day, and dressier in the evenings..

 
Aug 14th, 2000, 02:55 PM
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Janine,

Truffes, sneakers, snails and pleasure seekers in Amsterdam: dirty, can be found in the dark and have a musty smell. Coincidence? I think not.
 
Aug 14th, 2000, 07:27 PM
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Throw in fanny packs, and you have made the connection, Santa Chiara. Another coincidence - they all look appalling in hot pink jogging suits and kilts.
 
Aug 14th, 2000, 07:30 PM
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am i having a flashback...
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Aug 14th, 2000, 08:49 PM
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We found one growing from out of an old washcloth that had somehow been tossed behind our tub. It smelled sort of earthy, had a green-gray cast to it, and made the most wonderful antibiotic sauce when sliced, diced, and sauteed.
 
Aug 14th, 2000, 09:11 PM
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elvira
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Al, you didn't use that sauce for a waterless hand cleaner, did you?
 
Aug 15th, 2000, 04:45 AM
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I would like to thank everyone that tried to really answer my question. Since i do not speak english or french i try anyway because i think it is like when you are abroad and try to be polite and speak the language of the locals. But i make a lot a mistakes but USUALLY i get a response, because they apreciate that i tried. And i did not tried another forum because, as i said in my original posting, i rather trust my FELLOW FODORITES.
 
Aug 15th, 2000, 06:09 AM
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The taste of truffles is really difficult to describe. After a brief inquiry with my colleagues, I can only say that it has nothing in common with garlick, is not salty per se, is a bit earthy, relates to the most delicate mushrooms, and that you should definitely try it. Look for some "paté truffé" in your country for a taste.

Just ignore the irrelevant comments: it means they don't know truffles, and there'll be more left for connaisseurs !
 
Aug 15th, 2000, 07:25 AM
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Those "irrelevent comments" are what make this forum special. Having a sense of humor is more precious than a ton of truffles. (That's the truffe!)
 

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