Herbs, spices, and other condiments play a huge role in flavoring our food. Carrier oils like extra virgin olive oils can also capture these incredible flavors to season meals
Infused olive oils give you a wide range of tasteful and flavorful options. You can buy a lemon-infused olive oil to give your meal a citrusy flavor or opt for the rustic, nutty flavor of truffle oil.
Black and white truffle-infused olive oils are highly coveted in the culinary world because of their incredible flavor and aroma. This blog delves deeper into truffle-infused olive oils.
Black VS white truffle-infused olive oil.
Although both kinds of truffle oils have an umami note to their tastes, they differ significantly. Black truffle infused oils are made with black truffle. The black Perigold truffle is most commonly used to make black truffle oil. It has a strong and earthy flavor.
The main component responsible for this fragrance and taste is dimethyl sulfide. Some find the flavor to be too strong while others enjoy it. If you trying your hands on black truffle for the first time, we advise you to go easy on it.
White truffle oil comes from the white truffle. White truffle is lighter and has a spicy and sulfuric flavor akin to onions or garlic. Pecan truffle (commonly found in the US) has a nuttier taste. The primary chemical compound responsible here is biomethane. White truffle-infused oil is more sublime than black oil.
Synthetic VS natural.
You can expect to find two kinds of truffle oils when you visit your store or order online. Truffle is quite expensive; a kilogram of truffles may be worth thousands of dollars, depending on the breed. Manufacturers learned to isolate and reproduce the active components that give truffles their signature flavor. The main compound used in synthetic truffle oil is 2,4-dithiapentane. As expected, synthetic truffle oil is cheaper.
Synthetic truffle oil does a good job of replicating the natural thing but fails to capture nuanced undertones of the real thing.
How to use truffle-infused olive oil.
You can use truffle-infused oil as a dressing or finishing oil. Its incredible depth of flavor makes it very versatile.
You can use it for pasta, proteins, salads, eggs, pizza, and even popcorn. Due to its delicate nature, you can’t cook with truffle-infused oil because prolonged heat will denature it.
Choosing the right truffle oil for your meals depends on your palate and how hot the food is. White truffle-infused olive oil is fantastic for light or creamy dishes, while black truffle oil pairs perfectly with heartier meals.