What Does a Truffle Taste Like?

Truffle What is a truffle?

A truffle is a mushroom fungus that grows underground. They usually live off the nutrients supplied by trees, meaning their usual location is around the roots of large plants and trees. Truffles are usually black or white, with slight color variations in between. Truffles are difficult to grow, often taking years to fully seed and produce and despite being a widely cultivated delicacy in the early 1900s, the two world wars put a severe dent in their production – they’ve never fully recovered the same production levels, meaning they’re very expensive and considered a rare delicacy. Truffles are most commonly harvested using specially trained pigs or dogs that are trained to detect the special truffle odor.

How it tastes

Truffles have a slight mushroom flavor like their relatives, but have deeper, earthier undertones. They are slightly reminiscent of wood or nuts. Because of the different varities, truffle flavor can differ depending on the source of the truffles. People who don’t like them say they taste like dirty mushrooms.

Tips

Truffles are very expensive to buy because of the difficulty in cultivation and harvesting. For a slightly cheaper chance to taste the truffle flavor, try truffle oil instead of fresh truffles, in your cooking.

If you do plan to buy these you’ll probably need to do so in a speciality store. Fungus truffles are also often confused with chocolate truffles, a sweet (and much cheaper) confectionery.

What Does Pomegranate Taste Like?

pomegranate open ripe cutWhat is pomegranate?

The pomegranate is grown as a fruit crop plant. The fruit is the size of a large orange with six rounded sides, leathery skin that ranges from yellow through to browns and reds; inside it is divided into several chambers containing many thin, transparent veins and red juicy pulp each surrounding a long and angled seed. Pomegranates are drought-tolerant, and are best grown in dry or arid areas. They can be eaten with other food or just on their own. They don’t require cooking or preparation, although you can if you wish.

How it tastes

The pomegranate tastes sweet and tart . The seeds of the pomegranate fruit are sweet, juicy and bursting with flavor. They can be added to both savoury and dessert style foods and add a unique and tantalising flavor to any dish.

Tips

Promegranate juice is known to be a strong staining agent which is why it is used as a natural dye by many different cultures.

Other Uses

The fruit juice of the pomegranate is often mixed with honey and given for memory loss. Because of its ability to aid memory retention, it’s also a great tool for those studying or who need to remember lots of facts. The powdered roots of the plant can also be given with lime water to expel worms.

What Does Eggplant Taste Like?

What is egPurple eggplant in creategplant?

The Eggplant is a tear-shaped, generally  dark purple or black vegetable. It has a creamy white fleshy texture that is a great substitute for meat for those who are vegetarian.  It is also known by the name aubergine.  The vegetable is prized for both its beauty and its natural firm and malleable texture. They belong to the plant family of  Solanaceae or nightshades, and are related to the potato, bell pepper and tomato.   Eggplants grow in a similar fashion to tomatoes, by hanging from a tall plant that can reach several feet in height.

How does it taste

Eggplants come in both male and female varieties. The male type features a pricker at the stem and has a more bitter taste. The female eggplant has a more neutral and slightly sweet taste. Both types are slightly spongy and neutral, with the seed part of the fruit having the most flavour. The rind (skin) varies between bitter and tasteless. Similar to tofu or chicken, eggplant is often used as more of a filler food and takes on the taste of the other ingredients and seasonings with which it is mixed.

Tips

Salt removes some of the natural bitterness from the eggplant – smaller eggplants are also less likely to be bitter and have less seeds. Avoid eggplants that have soft spots or skin that isn’t firm and taut. Eat raw or cooked, as preferred.

Other Uses

The root of the wild aubergine is often boiled with porridge and sour milk as a simple and natural cure for syphilis. The fruit has a cooling ability and is often used as a poultice, when mixed with vinegar, for a range of grazes, bruises and abscesses.

What Does Jack fruit Taste Like?

Jack fruit on treeWhat is jack fruit?

The jack fruit has an appearance similar to that of the durian, large with green or yellow prickles on the outside, although the jack fruit can grow to a much bigger size than the durian. The fruit belongs to the mulberry family and is cultivated throughout southern China, Malaya, East Indies, India, Ceylon and Burma. The fruit is best grown in humid tropical or near tropical climates.

How it tastes

The jack fruit has a taste similar to chicken when green (unripe), making it an ideal meat substitute for vegetarians. When ripe, the fruit tastes like a cross between a banana and a pineapple and is quite sweet.

Tips

The fruit is usually cooked in chunks or canned. It is a popular additive for curries and sauces. The juice is quite gummy and is difficult to clean off utensils and skin. Applying oil before coming in contact with the fruit makes cleaning easier.

Other Use

The leaves and fruits are commonly used in India as livestock feed while the latex, when heated, is used as a glue for repairs. The seed of the jack fruit is highly regarded as an aphrodisiac and the leaf ash can be mixed with other ingredients to heal ulcers. The root of the tree is also commonly used to naturally treat asthma and skin conditions. The wood of the tree is a popular ingredient in all types of furniture and building as well as musical instrument production. The wood sawdust is also mixed with alum to create a silk dye.

What Does Nutolene Taste Like?

Peanuts on plateWhat is nutolene?

Nutolene is a vegetarian meat substitution product made by a company called Sanitarium. It comes packaged in a tin, in a solid white block. It’s made of boiled peanuts.

How it tastes

Nutolene is very bland with a slightly nutty flavor. It has a white, slightly slimy texture. It has a softer texture than tofu, and isn’t as strong – so it can be a good alternative for people who don’t like the overwhelming tofu taste. People who are not used to the flavor sometimes compare the taste to dog food. However those who are acclimatized to the taste often find it a nice additive in salads or spaghetti, as it does not overwhelm other cooking flavors.

Tips

Make sure to add some other flavoring to this product, or you may not enjoy it.

What Does Cassava Taste Like?

Cassava friesWhat is cassava?

Cassava, also known as yuca are edible tubers that grow on a certain family of tree. Commonly grown in parts of West Africa they are exported to other countries raw, cooked or in pill or powdered form for their health properties. Some of the recipes regularly made with cassava include fries, chips and flours.

Legend has it that cassava can increase the chance of a woman falling pregnant with fraternal twins or triplets, by causing hyperovulation (more than one egg dropping at once). Tribes that regularly eat yuca as part of their daily diet are said to have some of the highest rates of multiple birth in the world.

How it tastes

Yuca has a creamy taste. They also have a more starchy and fibrous texture than similar tasting food (such as potato or sweet potato). They can be quite bland, so often need some sauce or flavoring added.

Tips

Cassava is often confused with the sweet potato – however the two are completely different. Many western stores sell sweet potatoes, incorrectly labelled as cassava. Cassava tubers can also grow as big as 100 pounds. Yuca should always be cooked to remove cyanogenic glycosides which can have ill effects on the human body.

What Does Nutmeat Taste Like?

PeanutsWhat is nutmeat?

Nutmeat is a log of brown savory patty made out of baked peanuts and onion. They are mixed into a paste then set inside the can. When opened, the log of nutmeat comes out in a single can shaped piece. This product is made by the Sanitarium company and commonly used as a meat substitute by vegetarians and vegans.

How it tastes

Nutmeat tastes nutty and slightly salty, but is rather a plain and acquired taste. To some, it may be reminiscent of tofu, but with a nuttier flavor without the heavy soy taste.

Tips

Many people like to add condiments such as tomato or barbecue sauce or gravy to add flavor to nutmeat.