A truffle, also called wintergreen, is a juicy, black-purple mushroom. A truffle's flavor is often compared to that of chocolate, but it has nothing whatsoever in common with chocolate. True truffles are a fungi gift from heaven. They're a delicacy, noted for their size (sometimes larger than an entire pound) and for the way they're decorated. But what's behind the mysterious charm of this small, sweet treat?

There aren't many of these tasty treats that have been proven to have medicinal benefits. A truffle is typically the fruiting body of an underground ascomycanete fungus, most of one of several species of this genus. Just like chocolate, this fungal food is loaded with antioxidants. In addition to Tuber, several other genera of fungi can be found in truffle prices, including Geopora and Leucangium. Some of these have been found to be beneficial to our health, even healing serious diseases such as cancer and heart disease.

Medical studies have shown that eating black truffle salt, eaten regularly, can lower high blood pressure and reduce cholesterol. It's also been used in some countries as a food supplement to support weight loss and to reduce cholesterol levels. This beneficial effect may be due to the fact that the salt contains a compound called "sulfur" which helps to break down fats. Eating foods high in antioxidants can help to improve the body's overall health and is thus a good idea for everyone.

Although you may never have tried truffle oil or real truffles, you've probably used some of the other varieties of "mushroom-like" snacks, such as chocolate-covered cream-filled cakes or coffee cakes. Unlike those treats, however, which are often served as a dessert, truffles are best served as an appetizer. Here's why:

If you're wondering what kind of food actually makes for a good snack, consider an ingredient commonly found in pizzas is olive oil. When you drizzle it over the top of your scrambled eggs, you'll find that the oil's rich flavor is well-matched with the eggs' crunchy outer shell. While it's true that a few strands of real sea salt have also been added to the equation, nothing compares to the rich, creamy texture of olive oil. You simply can't go wrong when including it in your next meal.

Another reason you should use truffle salt for your next meal is that this salty treat can help to draw out the flavors in fish and poultry. Just like olive oil, the flavor of truffle salt helps to mask the flavor of fish and poultry when paired with it. As for the browned steak, think about using a little bit of horseradish cream on your fried or scrambled eggs. The browned flavor will help to enhance the proteins in your egg, and the cream will also help to thicken the beef (though you might opt for a different type of breading if you do). When it comes to using truffle salt to compliment your dinner, there's no better partner than good old fashioned salt.

Finally, you'll also find that there aren't many foods that can directly be paired with truffle salt. This is largely due to the fact that the seasoning takes quite a while to develop, and can even take up to two days to produce. This gives people plenty of opportunities to sample various combinations, as well as to change things up from time to time. For instance, this morning's breakfast was a large baguette with Canadian bacon and a wedge of sharp cheddar cheese. While we were eating our French fries, I popped a piece of popcorn into my mouth and immediately regretting my butter popcorn, as the butter on the popcorn was way too strong for me to enjoy without a little bit of salt.

So next time you find yourself craving greasy fries, consider trying truffle salt instead. It's a much healthier alternative and will help you enjoy your French fries in a whole new way. In addition, you will almost certainly find that the food will taste better as well. Have fun experimenting!