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Black Truffles in SF or East Bay?

techindahaus Nov 26, 2012 09:50 AM

Can someone tell me where and who is selling whole black truffles in the Bay Area? Any market or specialty stores?

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    Kirk_T May 10, 2013 12:10 PM

    Ferry Building Far West Funghi had summer black truffle for, I believe, $52 an ounce. The truffles were in the 30s and 40s range. Almost no smell of truffle at all, but the guy says the taste is stronger than the scent. Did not buy.

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    1. re: Kirk_T
      Robert Lauriston May 10, 2013 12:18 PM

      Tuber aestivum can be good but I wouldn't pay that much.

    2. fallinghawks Feb 14, 2013 02:20 PM

      Draeger's in San Mateo used to carry them. I haven't been there for a while, so phone them up first.

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        Kirk_T Feb 13, 2013 01:25 PM

        Far West Funghi has tuber melanosporum black truffles for $92/oz. Each displayed ones is in $40s and $50s range. They also have Oregon truffles, which are $25/oz. The Oregon white truffles had a very gasy smell.

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        1. re: Kirk_T
          Robert Lauriston Feb 15, 2013 08:49 AM

          Thanks for the tip, I got a melanosporum. Best quality I've ever encountered, just in perfect shape.

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          Dustin_E Nov 26, 2012 03:50 PM

          pasta shop in berkeley has them (or so says their sign out front.)
          cheese plus in sf has them (or so says their sign out front.)
          mushroom store in ferry building in sf has white truffles, at least.

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          1. re: Dustin_E
            Robert Lauriston Nov 26, 2012 04:28 PM

            Far West Fungi sells a variety of truffles when they can get them. Last week they posted on their Twitter feed that they got a pound of "black truffles," but did not specify which variety. Sometimes they have Oregon truffles (Tuber gibbosum, Tuber oregonense, Leucangium carthusianum), which to me are a couple of big steps down even from Burgundy truffles. They reminded me of the ones the guy I went truffle hunting with in Piemonte let his dog eat.

            Most of the black truffles I've found around here in recent years were Tuber aestivum (Italian black summer truffles), which are a somewhat passable substitute for Perigord truffles but not worth anywhere near the same price.

            An even more uninteresting truffle to avoid overpaying for is Tuber himalayensis, imported from China. Smell nasty, no flavor.

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              techindahaus Nov 26, 2012 06:45 PM

              I believe they are the same company as the one in Rockridge. If Im not mistaken all the truffles get ordered through their Oakland store.

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                Robert Lauriston Nov 27, 2012 08:36 AM

                The Pasta Shop on Fourth St. and the one in Rockridge Market Hall are the same company. The cheese shop in the market hall is part of the Pasta Shop.

            2. techindahaus Nov 26, 2012 02:00 PM

              Good advice. I spoke to Juliana in the pasta/cheese department at Rockridge mall and she is ordering one oz of the black burgandy truffle for me. Price quoted was $85/oz. She was very knowledgeable as well. Gave some good advice on storage and "truffling" procedures.

              Phone: 510-250-6005

              Store Hours:
              Mon - Fri 9am - 8pm
              Saturday 9am - 7pm
              Sunday 10am - 6pm

              We accept Visa, Mastercard, American Express and Debit.

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              1. re: techindahaus
                Robert Lauriston Nov 26, 2012 02:15 PM

                The Perigord black winter truffles called for in most recipes are Tuber melanosporum.

                Burgundy truffles are Tuber uncinatum. They're interesting and good but I would not pay $85 an ounce. urbani.com has them for $135 / 4 oz. Like white truffles (Tuber magnatum Pico) they should not be cooked, so they would not be an appropriate substitute for melanosporum in most recipes.

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                  techindahaus Nov 26, 2012 06:41 PM

                  Urbani wanted something like $150 in shipping. That left me looking local..

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                    Robert Lauriston Nov 27, 2012 08:37 AM

                    I just checked urbani.com and 4 oz. of Burgundy truffles is $135 including free overnight shipping.

                    What are you planning to do with it, anyway?

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                      techindahaus Nov 27, 2012 10:40 AM

                      Odd, I did the estimator and it said $125. I must have selected an incorrect country or something. In any case, Im planning on making a risotto out of it.

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                        Robert Lauriston Nov 27, 2012 11:04 AM

                        Does the recipe specifically call for Burgundy truffles? They're ruined by cooking. They should be shaved over the top of something hot, a la Alba white truffles.

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                          techindahaus Nov 27, 2012 12:03 PM

                          It doesn't, and truthfully I've never seen a recipe that did but it will depend on the fragrance of the truffle.

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                            Robert Lauriston Nov 27, 2012 12:17 PM

                            Despite being called "black," Burgundy truffles (Tuber uncinatum) are similar to white truffles (Tuber magnatum Pico). Both have little flavor and are all about the aroma, which is destroyed by cooking. Burgundy truffles are much less intense, they have a unique aroma reminiscent of nuts and jicama.

                            If your recipe calls for cooking black truffles, it's meant for Perigord truffles (Tuber melanosporum), which are best cooked to bring out their earthy, mushroomy flavor. Summer black truffles (Tuber aestivum) respond similarly to cooking though they're weaker and simpler in flavor.

              2. Robert Lauriston Nov 26, 2012 11:08 AM

                The Pasta Shop has had them occasionally. Past topics on the subject:

                http://www.chow.com/search?query=blac...

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                  mochimunchie Nov 26, 2012 09:53 AM

                  Market Hall in Rockridge.

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                    techindahaus Nov 26, 2012 09:59 AM

                    Perfect! Did you happen to notice the prices? Which stall?

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                      mochimunchie Nov 26, 2012 12:54 PM

                      I've purchased them in the past from the cheese shop. here is a link to sign up for the newsletter where they will let you know when a shipment comes in, prices, etc
                      http://rockridgemarkethall.com/pasta-...

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                        Robert Lauriston Nov 26, 2012 01:15 PM

                        That site appears to have been hacked (" Each year the viagra buy germany haunting flavors of the Tuber melanosporum (black truffle) ..."), I wouldn't fill out any forms there until they clean it up.

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                          mochimunchie Nov 26, 2012 04:27 PM

                          oh, sorry! thanks for the heads up.

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