The truffle is a fungus prized family tuberáceas. The filaments that make up their vegetative apparatus are kept underground, usually closely related to the roots of certain trees and shrubs. Nose tuberosities creates quite irregular, with dimensions that vary from the size of a walnut to an orange. Its surface is warty.
One grows underground in forests of oaks, and the Pyrenees mountains. In Catalonia, its presence is abundant, especially in limestone soils.
As already mentioned in earlier chips, fungi lack of flowering, as understood in higher plants. In these plants comes to maturation of the sporangia, which are the reproductive structures typical of these plants. In the case of truffles, spores mature in late autumn and throughout winter.
Collection of interest around the fungus, though not precisely for its medicinal properties but because it is a coveted vegetable in the kitchen, especially for certain dishes to please hard-development.
In fact, the nose or has had or currently has no therapeutic application. In its composition the majority component is water, irrespective of the rest of their components from the medical point of view. Formerly it was believed that the nose had aphrodisiac properties, but this belief was based on structural similarity of the fungus with a man's testicles. Once again we have a case of so-called theory of the sign, which prevailed in antiquity over anything. This is the only reason that includes truffles on medical treaties. Today, banished any relationship of the fungus with sexual potency, reserving its use for the preparation of various dishes, being among the most famous turkey stuffed with truffles and foie gras with truffle base. Moreover, lack any medical value, though, as many say, good nutrition is the foundation of a healthy lifestyle and certainly everything that contributes to improving the quality of cooking indirectly contributes to better health.
Being overly large cooking recipes in which enters the nose as a condiment-all well-known recipes for housewives-we will not describe any of them, lest anyone confuse this encyclopedia of medicinal plants with a treated dishes.
HABITAT: And holm oak forests of Catalonia
FLOWERING: Their spores mature in fall
PART USED: The whole fungus
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