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Xabia Jim 03-20-2007 12:38 AM

$1300/lb Truffles anyone?
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This was from a store window in Paris last month selling black truffles for 2200 Euros a kilo....

I don't get it but I don't like mushrooms anyway!


redbricknick 03-20-2007 01:43 AM

Re: $1300/lb Truffles anyone?
My best friend is a chef, living in London, who does function work for the Royal family a handfull of times a year. Apparently, a few truffles per function become surplus after these functions because of my friends miscalculations. I've never benifitted from these oversights, but with a little timing and luck, one will happen this april when I visit.

On a side note, there is a quite successful, fledgling truffle industry in Tasmania.. They use dogs, as the pigs tend to eat the truffles when they find them.

maver 03-20-2007 08:34 AM

Re: $1300/lb Truffles anyone?
At that price, if the pig ate the truffle I'd be eating bacon.

Richard 03-20-2007 09:13 AM

Re: $1300/lb Truffles anyone?
When you have a little of this shaved over scrambled eggs in the morning you tend to forget the price. Have only enjoyed this experience twice, but both times was woprth the extravagance.

WHte truffles from Alba are even more expensive!

Xabia Jim 03-20-2007 09:51 AM

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I am NOT going to let my wife see your post!!!!


james 03-20-2007 10:05 AM

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Did you hear the story about the $50,000 truffle that went bad? A famous UK restaurant (Zafferano I think) bought what at the time was the world's most expensive truffle -- a white Alba. But then they stored it wrong, and it went bad. Ouch.

In the end I think they re-planted it in Tuscany, hoping it would revive itself.

So don't feel bad the next time you throw away some spoiled cheese!

cooper 03-21-2007 07:27 PM

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Last year I stopped in a gourmet store across the street from Pike Place in Seattle. The saleswoman asked if she could put a few grains of Truffle Salt on my hand for me to try. One lick and you will spend the $30 or so on a cheap way to put the taste of truffle on anything.

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