Feinkost und frische Convenience-Produkte

Delicatessen and fresh convenience products

Truffles

Always much sought after

 

 

 

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.