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6th Sep

2013

common-myths

Debunking Common Myths

There are a lot of myths floating around about truffles. This is largely due to the fact that there are two types of truffles: culinary truffles and magic truffles, which are more commonly called magic mushrooms. Culinary truffles grow underground and make tasty dishes. Magic truffles actually grow above ground and contain psilocin, which is a powerful hallucinogen that can cause serious harm. Magic truffles are so harmful, in fact, that they were made illegal during the 2005 European Drug Act. For drug enthousiasts who don’t mind pushing the legal enveloppe it would be safer to grow their own thc plants from canabis seeds. In contrary to magic truffles, consuming marijuana actually has a number medical benefits.

Myths & Magic

The reason why culinary truffles are often talked about as though they are magical is partially due the fact that people often confuse the two different types of truffles. While culinary truffles are extremely hard to cultivate and some types are becoming quite rare, they are still a completely different species of fungus compared to magic truffles. Magic truffles can actually be cultivated, but doing so is illegal in most countries.People also often confuse the various types of culinary truffles and think there are only a few different types. There are quite a few different types of culinary truffles, and they aren’t merely limited to growing in Italy and France. There are over 100 different varieties of culinary truffles that grow in 12 countries around the world. Some countries became more well-known for their culinary truffles, but the truffle fungus itself isn’t specific to certain areas. It is, however, dependent on many environmental factors that make them rare overall. This, in part, is where many myths began.

truffle-hogs One other common truffle myth has to do with the idea that trained hogs are the only animals capable of finding culinary truffles. This is incorrect. Hogs may have started out being used for truffle hunting, but today dogs and even humans are capable of searching out underground truffles perfectly fine. Culinary truffles do have a particular smell that most chefs who cook with them are familiar with. This smell may be another reason why truffle enthusiasts often mistake culinary truffles for magic truffles.Myths commonly spread due to years of misinformation, and we see this idea represented perfectly when looking at some of the most common myths surrounding truffles. Culinary truffles are indeed rare and highly-sought after, but they aren’t in any way related to magic truffles, don’t contain psilocin and aren’t as limited to certain areas, types and searching methods as many myths would lead us to believe.

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