Treat Yourself: White Truffle Prices Have Dropped

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By Cooking Panda

One of the best feelings you can get while grocery shopping is going to put your favorite food item in your cart, only to discover that it is on sale that day.

Now, foodies who love the white truffle are in for a major treat, because the typically super expensive delicacy is having a phenomenal harvest season, which means its prices have dropped by about 30 percent from 2015.

We call that a super sale!

Bloomberg reports that Italy’s Tanaro river basin has been besieged with heavy rainfalls, which is probably annoying to residents in the area, but it also means that Alba white truffles have been proliferating more than usual. Now, $109 can get you over 2.5 ounces of white truffles, whereas in 2015, that much cash would get you only about 1.8 ounces.

What’s more, one person needs only 0.2 ounces, so that is a lot of white truffle-infused meals for your dollar.

“The truffles are fantastic,” chef-patron Francesco Mazzei told Bloomberg. “They started early, and we are selling quite a lot.”

If you’re interested, just remember to double-check that the retailer you’re purchasing white truffles from is authentic. You don’t want to shell out that kind of money only to end up with an inferior product that’s being passed off as the real thing.

“Just saying they are from Alba increases the margin,” chef Jacob Kenedy told Bloomberg. “You need to know your dealer, like any sort of dealer, to be sure you get the right stuff.”

If you’re too afraid to risk paying big bucks for the wrong product, you can find solace in the fact that at the very least, not all high-end chefs or foodies actually like the product to begin with. For instance, executive chef John Williams says he would choose a Perigord black truffle over the white truffle any day.

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“I am a black tuber melanosporum man,” he told Bloomberg. “I love the aroma and flavor of white truffle, but as a cook, it doesn’t turn me on in the same way.”

Source: Bloomberg / Photo Credit: Richard Vines/Bloomberg

Tags: cheap delicacy, crop, italy, Mushroom, white truffles
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