Truffles may be prized by foodies for their distinct taste and unique heritage: They grow near the roots of certain trees and are hunted by specially trained dogs. But they’re valuable in other ways too, boasting potential health benefits.

According to Healthline’s nutrition experts, truffles are highly nutritious, rich in antioxidants and may possess antibacterial, anticancer, and anti-inflammatory properties. They go on to say that since current research is “mostly limited to test-tube studies using concentrated truffle extracts, it’s unclear how these beneficial properties may impact your health.”

Their expert recommendation is that a small amount can go a long way, so be sure to pair truffles with a range of other healthy ingredients to maximize potential benefits.

Read more about the benefits of this fungus and the many different types of truffles.

It should be noted that truffles aren’t cheap. They generally come with a hefty price tag, so look around for one that fits your budget. And to get started cooking with truffles, check out the eight mouthwatering recipes below.

Health benefits:

  1. high in micronutrients, such as vitamin C, phosphorus, sodium, calcium, magnesium, manganese and iron
  2. contain antioxidants, such as vitamin C, lycopene, gallic acid and homogentisic acid
  3. may have antimicrobial properties that can help decrease the growth of specific strains of bacteria
  4. can help relieve inflammation and promote overall health and immunity
  5. may help kill cancer cells