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Are Truffles Vegan?

by Fabian Jackson

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Whether you’re infusing oil with truffle, elevating your fries or making an earthy and rich sauce, truffles are rare and expensive ingredients; but are they vegan?

For anyone with a chocolatey sweet tooth, this isn’t the right post for you! Check out chocolate truffles here.

What is a truffle? 

The truffle that we find in the ground is the edible flowering body of a subterraneous genus of fungi. There are a few slight variations, but they generally grow near tree roots as they’re the result of a symbiotic relationship between the two.  

a board of truffles

Are truffles vegan?

Although the truffles themselves are fungi rather than a plant explicitly, they themselves are considered vegan. However, some methods of finding naturally occurring truffles include the use of pigs or dogs for their sense of smell. In these cases, vegans may object to eating them.  

Why are truffles so expensive?  

Truffles are very rare and quite hard to cultivate and even harder to find! They also don’t have a very long ‘shelf life’ so all of these elements combined equal their high value! 

Hungry for something with truffle?

truffle mushroom pasta

Give this irresistible truffle and mushroom pappardelle recipe from our Development Chef, Iona, a try for tonight’s dinner and thank us later.


By Fabian Jackson
Fabian Jackson

Fabian is one of our lovely Content Marketing Assistants who loves writing almost as much as he loves coffee, old episodes of Escape to the Country (no judgement here), and cooking up a storm in his kitchen.

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