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Truffles? Like chocolates?

Yes, truffles. No. Not like chocolates. Truffles are underground fungi, some of which are a rare delicacy.  The chocolate truffle is thought to have been an accident created by a French culinary giant, Auguste Escoffier, when he poured hot cream into a bowl of chocolate chunks.  He then worked the chocolate paste to form a bumpy, lopsided ball which resembled a truffle, and chocolate truffles were born.

What are Truffles?

Long story short, truffles are an underground fungi. Some truffles are highly prized in the culinary world for their aromas and flavors.  Truffles have been known as the "Diamond of the Kitchen," and they can cost a pretty penny.  For more information, visit our What are Truffles page.

How much do truffles cost?

The price for truffles varies and is highly dependent on the species, size, and truffle production that year. Different species of truffles have different attributes, aromas, and flavors which make them more desirable. 

The Tuber Mangnatum or Italian White Truffle sold for an average price of $3,360.16 USD per pound in 2019, and it has had peaks of nearly $4,500 USD per pound in Q4 2019 and Q1 2020.

The Tuber Borchii, also known as the Bianchetto White Truffle or the Whitish Truffle sells for around $950 USD per pound.

The Tuber Indicum, better known as the Chinese Black Truffle, the Asiatic Truffle, or more simply the Chinese Truffle, on the other hand commands an average price just over $5 USD per ounce, and sometimes they can be purchased as low as $8 - $20 USD per pound.

There are many types of truffles, so it is important to understand that supply and demand play a large role in the actual cost, and prices are subject to change at any time.

Where can I purchase truffles?

We are a local distributor of fresh truffles located, between the Research Triangle and Piedmont Triad areas, in Pittsboro, North Carolina. Our goal is to provide our clients with the freshest truffles in a timely manner. We provide fresh truffles in Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, and many more cities in the surrounding area. Visit our shop to purchase fresh truffles, truffle products, and more!

We have our own truffle farm, and in the near future we will provide you with our fresh, locally grown truffles. Follow us on our journey, and you can be one of the first to experience our locally grown truffles.

Why is it so expensive to ship fresh truffles?

At Truffletopia, we pride ourselves on only providing the freshest truffles. In turn, we use UPS Next Day Air, and our packaging methods and supplies ensure your truffles stay fresh on their journey to your home. This is an essential part of the process to provide you with the freshest truffles possible.

How do I store my truffles?

We always recommend truffles be consumed as soon as possible. This ensures the best possible aromas and flavors. However, this is not always possible, so we have provided a comprehensive Storage Guide including storage techniques, recommendations, and tips to assist you in making the most of your fresh truffles.