The Goodies from the Woods

Dec 20, 2023 | Blog edition

Mushroom and Truffle are not just delicious but also very healthy for our wellbeing.

WHAT ARE MUSHROOMS?
There are more than 700 species of mushrooms, but only 200 of them are considered as edible, about twenty as poisonous and the remaining ones as innocuous. Mushrooms are vegetables reproducing by spores which are not-visible to human eye, nestled under the cap and capable of germinating into a mass of white branching threads called mycelia. According to the species, mushrooms may have different shape and size. The majority of mushrooms consists of a body fruit and a cap; some exhibits a deep a spongy mass instead of a cap. They are usually classified in families, genres and species.
In Mediterranean countries mushrooms grow up both in valleys and in mountains. The gathering season usually starts in April and lasts until November, when temperature gets more rigid. Nevertheless, the best gathering season is the rainy period at the end of summer when cool temperature helps the growth of the most precious varieties. The worst enemy is wind.  Wild mushrooms, such as Porcini, are surely the most valuable ones.
Mushrooms life cycle can last five days. In favourable climate conditions only two or three days are necessary to pass from 1 to 10 cm. In mountain, where there is a larger thermal excursion, about twenty days are necessary to reach the highest point of mushroom life cycle. As most mushrooms is found during late summer and autumn, there are different methods to preserve harvested mushrooms all year long.
Drying up method is preferable and dried mushrooms can be perfectly stored in the freezer.
It is possible to reconstitute dried mushrooms by placing them in warm water before use.
Other common methods for preserving mushrooms is pickling in olive oil or in vinegar.

WHAT ARE TRUFFLES?
Truffles, or “Heart Diamonds”, are essentially hypogeus mushrooms of a group of fungi in the genus Tuber: they grow and reproduce underground. They proliferate in association with certain types of trees and shrubs as they have nutritional relations with their roots.

They are irregular shaped and may grow as large as a potato but are usually the size of a walnut or an egg… The outer surface of trifola called peridio, can be smooth and of a pale cream colour in the case of white truffles, whereas black truffles look fairly smooth and darker. The inner part, called gleba, has white-pink to dark brown-nut colour and a marbled effect which is due to yellow narrow veins on darker more fertile areas.
Truffles develop their very powerful aroma and flavour according to ripeness, consistency of parts, acidity of the ground and surrounding vegetation. Among the most productive trees are mainly oak, poplar, willow, lime, beech and hazelnut. A defining role in the growth of truffles is played by acidity of the ground and temperature, as they prefer calcareous, well-aerated grounds and a temperate climate.
Truffle gathering remains an ancient art practised by few expert and certified people, called Trifolao, helped by trained dogs with a fine sense of smell. Truffle hunters use dogs to sniff out truffles and then they dug them up carefully covering  their niche to make other truffles growing up.

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