The word fungus may not sound all that appetizing, but truffles are a delightful part of the fungi family, loved for the luxurious and intense flavor they add to any dish they touch.
"These are literally worth more than their weight in gold. Fresh Truffles have to get to the consumer within days of harvesting, since they go bad and rot extremely quickly," says Strip House's Corporate Executive Chef Michael Vignola. This is why the price of fresh truffles is almost mind-boggling. "Once they are harvested, they need to be delicately handles and shipped as soon as possible. Prime winter black truffles will run you anywhere from $700 to $3000 dollars a pound, depending on availability and type. This is also a seasonal product, so you have to keep that in mind when shopping for fresh truffles. When buying Truffles, Look for truffles that are firm, fragrant, blemish free and smooth; softness might indicate inner rot or worms," says Vignola.