What’s Durian?

The Durian’s complex taxonomy is a result of addition and subtraction of many species from the genus durio and the Malvaceae family. It was earlier mistaken to Annona muricata (soursop) as this particular fruit also has a thorny greenish skin akin to the durian fruit. Malaysian people who identify soursop by the name ‘Dutch durian’ emphasize the similarity of the two fruits. Another misidentification is known with the notes of Johann Anton Wienmann (1800) where he classified durian with the Castaneae plant.

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What about truffles?

Truffle is the common name given to hypogeous fungii belonging to the tuber genus and consequentially to the tuberaceae family, class ascomicetos.

Being hypogeous mushrooms, truffles grow and mature underground close to the roots of some types of trees, specifically oaks and elm trees the mushroom creates a symbiotic relationship with, called mycorrhiza, through which the precious sporocarp is produced. They are covered by an external wall called peridium, which can be smooth or textured, with a color that varies from light to dark. The inner part is called gleba and its color varies from white to black, from pink to brown. On its surface there is a veining that delimitates cavities, in which are submerged big cells, called aschii, which contain the spores.



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Truffles types

Even though we generally point at the white truffle as the more precious, many actually prefer black truffles, also called sweet truffle thanks to its exquisite flavor. Gleba is black-brown with hinges of purple and red, thin and dense whitish veins con well outlined, accompanied by two transparent brown stripes on the sides, the surface presents pyramidal warts and reddish shades. Black Truffle

Tuber Melanosporum Vittadini

White Truffle, or better known White Alba Truffle, is surely the most precious variety of truffle from a economic and culinary point of view. Its gleba is unmistakably white and yellowish with small white veins. The surface is smooth, ochre or olive-yellow, sometimes also grey-blackish. White Truffle

Tuber Magnatum Pico

Just like moscato truffle, ordinary truffle it really looks like brumale variety but it has a stronger phenol smell. Gleba is grey-brow but in some specimens it tends to yellow and brown, with the same white veins. Just like nero invernale, it has a slightly rugged surface. Ordinary

Tuber Mesentericum Vittadini

It is white truffle’s poor cousin, for which it is often mistaken by non-expert noses. Less smelly than white truffle and generally smaller, it has a marbled gleba with whitish and white-reddish veins on a brown-reddish background. Surface is smooth, also whitish o yellow and light brown. Bianchetto

Tuber Albidum Pico

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