I've never purchased fresh truffles before, but there are several local shops that have fresh black 'perigord' truffles on the shelf right now. From what I can tell, they just arrived yesterday or this morning, and I am told that, because Christmas falls on Tuesday this year, there won't be any more shipments until after Christmas. Again, from what I can tell, these are the proper melanosporum truffles, but they are of an Italian origin as opposed to French.
If I go get one today, will it keep for 5 days--for that special Christmas treat? Should I wrap it in a paper towel and keep it in a sealed container in the fridge, changing out the towel each day, or should I freeze it? Or, should I just skip it, because 5 days is too long.