The exorbitant price of truffles has captivated the imagation of many seeking to make it rich by finding some tuber in the dirt. But how much do truffles cost, exactly? Well the price depends on many factors including global supply of truffles, species of truffles, where in the supply chain you are buying truffles, and how large of a truffle you are looking for. Truffle.farm has compiled the *only* publicly available retail truffle price tracker. Everyday, our tool automatically compares and compiles truffle price data from truffle retailers allowing you to see the most accurate price point for truffles. We will also be keeping the historical prices so that you can tell if you are buying truffles for lower or higher than average. Note: Due to the seasonal availability of truffles, prices for some truffles will hardly move until their respective truffle season. For the time being, we will be tracking the five most commonly sold truffles.
|Truffle Species||Common Name||Avg price per oz||Avg price per lb||Avg price per kg|
|Tuber Mangnatum||Italian White Truffle||$214.26||$3428.16||$7541.95|
|Tuber Melanosporum||Winter Black Truffle||$92.58||$1481.28||$3258.82|
|Tuber Uncinatum||Burgundy Black Truffle||$42.08||$673.28||$1481.22|
|Tuber Aestivum||Summer Black Truffle||22.55||373.76||168|
|Tuber Indicum||Chinese Black Truffle||$4.85||$77.60||$170.72|
|Product||Made with||Made by||Product link|
|Truffle Salt||Italian Black Truffle||Urbani||Urbani Black Truffle Salt|
|Truffle Oil||Italian White Truffle||Jean Pierre||Chef Jean Pierre's White Truffle Oil|
|Truffle Butter||Italian White Truffle||Terroirs d'Antan||Terroirs d'Antan White Truffle Butter|
|Truffle Zest||Summer Black Truffle||Sabatino Tartufi||Sabatino Tartufi Truffle Zest Seasoning|
|Truffle Hot Sauce||Summer Black Truffle||TRUFF||TRUFF Hotter Sauce|
When people think of pricey truffles, they are thinking of the Italian white winter truffle. White truffle season starts mid-September and runs through December/January. The most expensive white truffle ever sold went for $484,000 USD per lb while the largest truffle ever sold went for $66,000 per lb. More typically however, white truffles sell for $1500-$4000 USD per lb. We started tracking retail white truffle prices in mid 2019. The chart below shows the average retail price (e.g. price the regular consumer can buy them for) for white truffles. Currently, the cheapest white truffles are being sold by Gourmet Food Store for $3199.20 per lb while the most expensive truffles are being sold for $3840.00 per lb by Urbani.
The second most exppensive truffle is Tuber Melanosporum, or the Winter Black truffle (sometimes also called Perigord truffle or French black truffle). Growing only in southern Europe during the winter, winter black truffles are both rare and covetted. When buying winter black truffles, one needs to be careful not to fall for imitations. The Chinese black truffle looks very similar to Tuber Melanosporum, but is genetically different and has a different flavor/scent profile. The average retail price for winter black truffles is $1481.28 per lb. They can be bought in bulk (lb scale or greater) from Urbani for just $1264.00 per lb. The most expensive winter black truffles came from Gourmet Food Store, selling for $1599.20 per lb (for 1.44 oz of truffle).
Burgundy truffles are a species of black tuber found across all of Europe. They are known for their rich hazelnut aroma and are often used as a culinary ingredient in French and Italian dishes. Burgundy truffles come to season from September to late December, and are therefore considered a type of winter truffle. Compared to Tuber Melanosporum (winter black truffle), Burgundy black truffles are approximately 40% cheaper and sell at retail for $673.28 per lb. This is likely due to their much larger supply. We found the most expensive Burgundy truffles to be sold by Gourmet Food Store for $959.20 per lb, though these were not their wholesale prices. When they are in stock, you can get the cheapest Burgundy truffles from Alma Gourmet for just $510.08 per lb.
Summer black truffles (Tuber Aestivum) are taxonomically the same species as Burgundy truffles (Tuber Uncinatum = Tuber Aestivum), though they look and taste quiet different. These black truffles only grow in Summer months, from May to August, and tend to grow around the Mediterranean coast. In terms of price, the average Summer truffles retail at $372.00 per lb, about half the price of its winter counterpart. Since we are currently out of summer Truffle season, most retails are currently sold out. We will update you here once retailers come back into stock.
Chinese black truffles come in many varieties, but are most often Tuber Indicum species. There are many differences between this truffle and the European winter black truffle (Tuber Melanosporum). First and foremost, the Chinese black truffles do not have a strong fragrance and are very mild in terms of taste. The texture of chinese black truffles is also more 'elastic' and 'rubbery' whereas winter black truffles are more brittle. When inspecting chinese black truffles, you will also notice that they tend to be rounder than all other truffle species, which are characteristically irregular in shape. There is nothing wrong with purchasing Chinese black truffles, just be aware that you are not getting a product that is of the same quality as the European variety. The one benefit that chinese black truffles have is that they are cheap, only cost $77.60 per pound and can therefore be used for bulk cooking and products. When buying Chinese black truffles, we recommend getting them wholesale from Alibaba. Depending on the amount you buy, wholesale prices range from $0.16 to $731.36 per pound.
Our tuffle price tracker tool sniffs the web for food retailers selling truffles of different varieties, catalogues each one, and updates this page with new numbesr on a daily basis. We currently compile approximately 100 different prices each day from a number of US and EU retailers. You might notice that prices do not move too frequently, this is because truffles that are out of season tend to be out of stock everywhere. In this case, we report the last available price for these truffles. Sometimes small fluctuations in prices do occur, mainly to movements in exchange rates.
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