Wegmans selling $400-per-pound truffles
Here's an eye-popping dollar figure you don't see on the average supermarket shelf: $399.99.
That's the pricetag on the truffles Wegmans is selling in Hunt Valley.
My colleague Julie Scharper was so shocked she snapped a picture and sent it my way.
Shane Andy, a produce manager at the store -- and yes, it really is Shane Andy, not Andy Shane -- tells me that's the price per pound. The average truffle weighs about an ounce, so customers can take one home for about $25.
Even so, the black truffles are kept under lock and key in the produce section. They are displayed on a bed of uncooked risotto.
"A lot of people ask for rice they've been in," Andy said.
The truffles came from Phillips Mushroom Farms in Pennsylvania, but Andy was not sure if they were actually grown there. (I would have expected the provenance of such a high-priced item to be clearer than that, but what do I know?)
Andy also said it's been a while since the store has had them in stock.
"This is the first we've had them in for a while because of [limited] availability," he said. He expects them to sell out in the next week and a half.
Sun photo by Julie Scharper