In Antiquity, truffles were considered the food of the gods, with aphrodisiac powers used by ardent Jupiter. Roman recipe books suggested baking the tubers (their classification as fungi took place several centuries later) beneath the embers and eating them with honey.

It is well known that truffles have been used as food in Antiquity, by the Babylonians, the Egyptians, the Greeks, who called them Hydnon (from which “idnology”, the science of truffles), and the Romans, who gave truffles the names we use to this day.