London based cooks planning a dish or two with white Alba truffles this week-end might want to reconsider.
Earlier this week Selfridges proudly announced it had sourced the first white Alba truffles of the season and managed to off-load them to serious foodies. Outside the sale season, Selfridge's is never cheap. But Selfridge's asking price for white Alba truffles, 7500 pounds per kg, is a wee bit off-piste. 30gm of white Alba truffle, which might just shave over four dishes, will cost a whopping 225 pounds. It would be more economical to dust your tajarin or oeuvo with cocaine.
The London Fine Foods Group, a specialist food on-line retailer, is slightly cheaper at 6500 pounds per kg and 195 pounds for 30 gm. I suspect truffle order volume is not likely to crash their web-site soon.
Yesterday, I chatted with a specialty food wholesaler who supplies white Alba truffles to a number of London restaurants and very occasionally to me. His current asking price is 4100 pounds per gm. He said that the prices were so high owing to the lack of rain in Alba. He also said that he did not have many white truffles as he did not think he'd be able to sell them at the asking price. I think he's right. Looks like it's beans again this week-end.