Celebrated for its use in ice creams, sorbets, cakes and other desserts, the sweet-as-sugar honey truffle is one of the most unusual truffles in the world. Found primarily under black locust trees which grow in the rich, sandy soils along the Danube River in Hungary, the pale, grayish-white honey truffle is as delicious as it is unique. This rare sweet truffle makes a spectacular ending for a one-of-a-kind truffle tasting menu.
The honey truffle (Mattirolomyces terfezioides) has a long history in the gastronomy of Eastern Europe. It was first documented in 1588 when a Hungarian magistrate ordered the protection of a forest known for the production of Hungarian white truffles.
The consumption of these prized truffles soared along with the prosperous economy of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Tons of Hungarian truffles were brought to market in the Austro-Hungarian capital of Vienna, but the truffle boom went bust when two World Wars discouraged truffle commerce and consumption, declining further during the Communist era as truffles, considered to be a symbol of bourgeois decadence, were banned.
The flavor of this unusual truffle is unique. It begins with a very pleasant, mild mushroomy flavor on the tongue, but then develops into a long, lingering honey-sweet finish. Use sparingly - a little of this amazing truffle goes a long way.
A must-try for any mushroom or truffle lover!
Product of Hungary