How Much Do White Truffles Cost?
White truffles are extremely popular around the world for their distinct aroma. This type of subterranean mushroom is known for its savory, sweet aroma with a deep, nutty mushroom flavor with a hint of shallots. A very famous type is the white Italian truffle, harvested uniquely in Italy from October to December. Often eaten raw and as a garnish, white Italian truffles are considered to be a gem in the world of fine dining, and they are highly prized for their exceptional gastronomic qualities. Another is the Oregon white truffle, a winter truffle that grows from October through February in the Pacific Northwest area. White truffles can be used in many different dishes, but they are mostly used in Italian cooking.
How much does it cost?
- According to ReluctantGourmet.com, the price for a white Italian truffle at a gourmet food purveyor in Florida is $1,000 a pound.
- A 2012 CBS News article quotes Olga Urbani of Urbani Tartufi, the world’s largest truffle company, as saying, prices of winter truffles cost about $1,000 a pound.
- Preserved summer white Italian truffles are offered at GourmetFoodstore.com (in various sizes and prices:
- 1 x 0.73 oz – $14.75
- 1 x 2.00 oz – $29
- 3 x 0.73 oz – $40.50
- 3 x 2.0 oz – $79.25
- 1 x 7.00 oz – $109
- 3 x 7 oz – $297
- Preserved winter white Italian truffles are also available. A 1 x 0.73 oz costs $60.25 while a 3 x 0.73 oz costs $164.25.
- Depending on the number of white truffles you need for your recipe, you will need to budget from $50 to $200 for white truffles.
What is going to be included?
- When in season, white truffles can be bought online. Buying through the internet entails placing orders at online gourmet stores, which will usually charge based on the actual weight shipped. Prices at these stores can change on a weekly basis. Some suppliers charge their customers based on the prevailing price during the week the order is shipped. Before they are shipped, fresh truffles are cleaned by brushing with cold water to remove dirt or debris. There are suppliers who will personally clean and evaluate the truffles before sending out the orders.
What are the extra costs?
- When working with white truffles, a truffle slicer is usually required to produce thick or thin truffle slices with ease. A stainless steel 8.5-inch slicer can cost about $50 at gourmet shops.
- Using preserved white truffles is usually the second best thing to do when fresh white truffles are not available. Truffle oil is often made from Italian olive oil and white truffle aroma. Most experts recommend that truffle oil be used in conjunction with preserved truffles as it adds to the flavor and incorporates the aroma of white truffles into food preparations. A 1.80-oz white Italian truffle oil can cost $21.50 at gourmet stores. White French truffle oil can cost about $12 to $60, depending on size and packaging.
Factors that influence the price:
- Size. The price per ounce for white truffles increases the bigger they are. Large specimens of white Italian truffle can weigh as much as a pound, with many about the size of large walnuts.
- Type. The cost of truffles depends on their variety. White Italian truffles are the most expensive. Oregon truffles are less costly than foreign ones. An ounce of Oregon white truffles costs around $15 while French white truffles can cost about $70 per ounce
- Weight. With some suppliers, the prices for fresh white truffles ordered online are usually based on the actual weight shipped.
Tips to know:
- Fresh truffles are best eaten as soon as possible. Upon receiving the truffles, wrap them individually in kitchen paper and place inside an air-tight glass container. Store the jar in the refrigerator. Consume within a week. Fresh truffles can be frozen in olive oil or vegetable stock and stored for a short time.
- Experts suggest that the best time to buy fresh white Italian truffles is a week or two after the official start of the truffle season. White Italian truffles are usually in their best state around mid-October.
- White Italian truffles of Alba grow exclusively in the wild and have extremely limited production due to weather fluctuations that severely affect their growth and production. These truffles are normally buried in fogged forests and are hunted by truffle hogs or trained dogs during the winter season in Piedmont, Italy.
How can I save money?
- White Italian truffles are inherently expensive. Ordering from white truffle suppliers with access to Italian sources may offer lower prices. Conduct an online search for these suppliers and compare their rates.