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Nov 27, 2006 04:49 PM

Trying to find black truffles in Philly burbs

I'm trying to find whole black truffles either in a jar or a can in the suburbs. I can go into the Philly if I have to but if there is a place closer (I'm in Norristown) it would be easier. Spaghetti with truffles is a Christmas Eve tradition in my family. Thanks in advance for your help.

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  1. You can get them fresh at Wegman's in Downingtown.

    1. There is also a new Wegman's in Warrington, that's a bit closer to you than Downingtown. I've never looked for truffles there but I've seen them in the produce section (under lock and key) in the Princeton location, and if CindyJ says they have them in Downingtown as well, it stands to reason that the Warrington store would have them.

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      1. re: Buckethead

        Confirming that they had them this weekend in Warrington-- in the specialty produce section.

        1. re: xtian

          Buckethead, can you tell me where the truffles come from and how much they cost?

      2. You should try finding some wild ones when you have the time. Look for good, loose soil and either Pecan, Basswood, Hawthorne, or even tall fir trees. Take a shallow, small rake with you and just scrape the topsoil a few feet from the trunk; all around the trunk, and look for what sort of look like small wrinkled potatoes in the ground. If you see them, just dig them out, put them in a sack and keep looking. When you get them home, rinse them and scrub lightly with a brush, then dry them on a towel for about 20 minutes.

        The ones you find under Pecan trees are almost identical to Italian whites (a bit less fragrant, but mighty good). If you find too many to use within a week or so, then put them in good olive oil or 50/50 extra virgin and canola mix, they'll keep nicely there and make the oil deadly sinful.

        Try it, there are plenty to be found in PA and most of the US.