The Fascinating History of White Truffle Oil

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The truffle, a valuable underground fungus, has a deep-rooted beginning. Some scholars believe that this rare earthly ingredient was previously known and enjoyed by the ancient Sumerians and Babylonians. Truffle, also known as terrae tuber or outgrowth of the earth in Latin, was widely valued at the table by the ancient Romans, who copied the ancient Etruscans’ culinary use.

Truffles have always been regarded as a valuable ingredient even in ancient times that only the richest can afford. The foraging method that they used back then hasn’t changed that much compared to what we use in the present. It also requires a lot of experience and knowledge of the environment to look for this rare fungus.

Traditionally, pigs were used to assist in this process. Truffles contain the pheromone androstanol, which is a hormone that attracts pigs. After working so hard to find the truffle, however, it is extremely difficult to prevent them from eating the tasty treat right away. Dogs, on the other hand, are excellent sniffers who will cheerfully accept a substitute treat. As a result, today’s truffle hunters prefer to forage with well-trained dogs.

Now, truffles can be found in temperate parts of Mediterranean Europe, western North America, and Australia. They have a short foraging time that can last from a few hours to a few days. Then they are transported to some of the world’s top restaurant kitchens.

Having the ability to grow truffles has always been the holy grail of farming in various places of the world due to their great worth but it is an extremely hard process. First, you would have to painstakingly grow the trees that are suitable for the fungus. Then the truffles are grown by inoculating sapling roots with truffle spores and harvesting them after 6 to 7 years. They require a complicated combination of favorable weather conditions, soil chemistry, and technical skill to grow successfully. Because of this, the yields from truffle farming are still low to almost non-existent. This is the reason why foraging for truffles is the preferred option of many harvesters.

To meet the rising demand for truffles, truffle oil was developed. It is an alternative option to enjoy the taste and aroma of fresh truffles without paying for a lot more. It can also be used anytime when needed since it can be stored for a long time, unlike fresh truffles.

Any oil can be used to make truffle oil. Flavorless oils like canola or grapeseed oil, are commonly used in most recipes. However, here in Giorgio Truffle Shop, we use fresh olive oil to complement the taste of truffles. Fresh truffle extract is skillfully mixed with pressed olive oil to create White Truffle Oil. This process is done in small batches to ensure the quality of the ingredients.

After properly mixing the ingredients, the product is now ready to be sold. It can be stored for a long time without losing any flavor so it is the perfect substitute for fresh truffles. This means that it can be used anytime that you needed it. It is also extremely versatile and can be paired with a wide range of dishes.

Here at Giorgio Truffle Shop, we take pride in our handcrafted and high-quality truffle products. We believe that products should be both versatile and cost-effective, in addition to the quality, of course. Our prices are very reasonable and we have a wide range of truffle products where you can choose from, such as white truffle oil and black truffle oil. Our buying experience and payment methods are simple and hassle-free. The shopping experience in our online store is guaranteed to be as smooth as our prized oils.

To know more about high-quality truffle products and our wholesale offerings, just visit the Giorgio Truffle Shop at

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