Dry Porcini Mushrooms from Tuscany
Giannetti Artisans’s Dry Porcini Mushrooms are classified as a”celebrity” of Italian cuisine. “Porcino” is the common name of the genus Boletus mushroom species. They are often classified in four boletes species (the section of the genus Boletus Edules) belonging to Boletus edulis.
The Boletus edulis or porcino (literally “little pig”) is king among wild mushrooms. As a matter of fact it can grow up to ten-inches tall, a foot in diameter and weigh 1kg (2lbs) when mature. The mushrooms are brown and ochre with a white stipe or stem. The most highly prized have a chocolate coloured cap, which when sliced forms a neat outline to the smooth and creamy pale flesh inside.
Expert mushroom hunters find Porcini in woodlands and forests throughout Tuscany. Porcini grow in symbiosis with the trees, enveloping their root systems. Interestingly, Porcini can be found growing in pine forests while the very best are closely associated with chestnut trees.
Our particular Dry Porcini Mushrooms grow near beautiful chestnut, acacia and beech trees in the forest area of Garfagnana, Tuscany.
Due to the short shelf life of fresh porcini, Giannetti Artisans sources oven-dried Porcini which make them a delightful ingredient for a winter dish. 8,090 per cent of a porcini’s weight is lost through evaporation during the drying process while concentrating all the mushroom’s flavors. As a result, dried porcini are a versatile winter ingredient.
Cook them with a little pancetta in risotto, or use in pasta sauces. Mix with chicken liver paste and spread on crostini as an antipasto. Perhaps stir them into stracotto, a rich slow-cooked beef and wine stew: buon appetito!
Ingredients: 100% Oven-Dried Porcini Mushrooms (boletus edulis & related group). Origin: ITALIA Toscana Garfagnana.