The real Truffle Shuffle.
HI there everyone. As you know by now, I am a Realtor and am practicing my profession as a buyer’s agent with the Rivers Team at Keller Williams Town and Country. If you have followed my blogs then you are also aware that my interests are vast and varied. Many times I like to share about the things you will find in your yard that make you scratch your head and ask “what is this thing in my yard”. Today I am going to share a little something about a yummy, mysterious, and pricey thing called a Truffle.
A truffle is a fungi in which the fruiting body, the mushroom, never rises above the ground. The goal of all fungal fruiting bodies is to disperse its spores and in the case of truffles this is done by attracting animals with scent. There are dozens of truffle species but only a few that are of interest to humans, and those that are of interest are of great interest. The two big hitters in the truffle world are the Winter White Truffle from Italy (Tuber magnatum) and the Winter Black Truffle from France (Tuber melanosporum). In the current market the Italian white can fetch $6,000 per kilo, and the French black around $1,800 per kilo. There are other species of truffle that are of culinary value, and that have a market value, but they tend to be sold locally and are not contenders with the big two. There is even a truffle found in our area that is of interest: it is the Pecan Truffle (Tuber texense), and while it is not well known it is gaining popularity and is regarded as good.
So now you may be thinking “I see why Jay is telling us about these things, we will have to sell our house to get some”. Never in life. There are ways to enjoy the sent and flavor of truffles without selling or getting a second mortgage on your home. One of the best ways to enjoy the truffle without purchasing the whole thing is by getting infused oils. There are also infused salts, truffle pastes, sauces, and spreads. The key to getting the best of these it to look on the label for T. magnatum when it claims to be white truffle and T. melanospornum or T. aestivium for black truffles. Be warned there are truffles of less quality that get used as well as artificial flavorings. No need to pay top dollar for inferior products. I personally love the deep, earthy, and completely unique scent and flavor of truffles.
If you are interested in cooking with these wonderful fungi, you will need a kitchen to do it in. I can help with this. If you are liking for a cozy townhome, or a large family home on many acres, just give me a call. In fact, if you are interested in purchasing a large pecan plantation so that you can get a jump on the pecan truffle market, I would love to help on so many levels. Maybe you’re looking in specific neighborhoods like popular Betton Hills, Southwood, Apalachee Hills, Walton Corners, Laurel Oaks, Plantation Woods, Rustling Pines, Settlers Creek, Walton Corners, and Golden Eagle! The Rivers Team is here to answer all of your questions and help you get into your new home. Speak with a lender or reach out to a Ring the Rivers team member for a lender recommendation. If you are looking to relocate to or within Tallahassee and for all of your Tallahassee Real Estate needs, call The Rivers Team at (850) 297-2255 or visit us at www.RingTheRivers.com.