Porcini mushrooms are one of Italy’s most beloved fungi.
They are easily found dried in many local grocery stores, however finding them fresh can be a slightly more difficult task! Almost impossible to cultivate, most local supplies of porcini mushrooms are collected from the wild by local porcini mushroom hunters.
Also known as the less-than-delicious-sounding Boletus Edulis, porcini mushrooms are used in many delicious Italian recipes for soups, risottos and sauces. They can also be served over steak, or simply on their own.
Although most mushrooms do not lend themselves to pickling, porcini mushrooms are a rare example. So preserved, they are great served on an ‘antipasto’ platter with other delicacies such as sun-dried tomatoes, olives, cheeses, cured meats.
Here are some photos from a recent excursion in Tuscany, hunting porcini mushrooms. There is however one we decided not to pick. Can you guess which one?
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