Sometimes called “diamonds of the kitchen,” because of how rare and valuable they can be, truffles have a distinctive aroma and rich taste. They are often associated with fine dining and Michelin-starred restaurants because of their steep price tag and their origins in gastronomic destinations of France and Italy. Truffles can cost up to thousands of dollars because they’re difficult to find, grow, and store.
Depending on the type of truffle, they can smell and taste musky, garlicky, sulfury, earthy, or buttery. Truffles tend to look like misshapen, rough-skinned potatoes on the outside, but with a firm, yet spongy texture on the inside.