Posts Tagged ‘truffle smell’

The Aroma of Truffle

June 24, 2011

An article from WA Today on how food scientists from the University of Western Australia are looking into the aroma of truffle using a range of technology and sensory science techniques to accurately identify the chemicals.


Truffle Aroma: “Earthy and Mystical” or “Dirty Sock”?

June 22, 2011

Sake van Weeghel, chief executive of the Wine & Truffle Co in Australia prefers “earthy” and “mystical” in this blog post from the Wall Street Journal.

The Secret Sex Life of Truffles

March 30, 2010

The New York Times reports on decoding of the Périgord black truffle’s genome by a team of French and Italian researchers. Apparently it is made up of 125 million units of DNA that contain about 7,500 genes. Among other things discovered is that truffles, long been thought be asexual, in fact have two sexes, or mating types. Another interesting thing in the article is that it seems that what attracts truffle flies (the pheromones anisole and veratrole) is different to what attracts pigs (the hormone androstenol) to the same truffles.

The Smell of Truffles

February 19, 2010

I have heard many attempts at describing the smell of truffles but Georgina Laidlaw makes an unusual comparison in an article entitled “Foodies Savor the Smell of Rich People” which discusses the view of truffles in Australia as being “exclusive”:

In one memorable episode of the long-running but now discontinued ABC food program The Cook and The Chef, Maggie Beer sniffed ecstatically at an Australian black truffle before proffering it to co-host Simon Bryant. The chuckling Bryant told her it smelled like rich people.”