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Truffles

Always much sought after

 

The first truffles ┬┤fanciers were probably Stone Age man. Looking for berries or mushrooms they might have found truffles as well. Truffles were well known in Mesopotamian, the country between Euphrates and Tigris which was according to narratives the place of paradise. One who could not resist the unique taste of truffles was the Egyptian Pharaoh Cheops, he preferred to eat truffles roasted in goose grease. The legend of truffles spread in the ancient world.

 

Greeks and Romans appreciated truffles as delicacy and aphrodisiac.  Romans even dedicated truffles to their goddess Venus. And Aicius, a respectable patrician and famous gourmets, even devoted a cookbook to truffles. 

 

Only in the late mediaeval times it disappeared from tables, it became the epitome of sin. During Renaissance times it was back on the tables of clergy and nobility. It was available on every banquette. The poet Petrarca did not only like Donna Leon, he wrote a whole sonnet about truffles. And as a valuable present it even entered the holly rooms of the Vatican. In the 19th century it was symbol for exclusiveness and wealth. Even at the final ball of the Vienna Congress the precious vegetable played a decisive culinary role.