But we prefer to call it Porcino. It seems less intellectual and more edible!
Porcino is a prized ingredient in various culinary dishes, it is held in high regard in Italian cuisine mostly in the northern area, where Porcini are found easily in our mountains, and “going for mushrooms” is a nice way to spend a weekend.
If one knows what is doing, knows the territory, and knows the mushrooms. Or else it can be a dangerous adventure!
By late August/September, porcini are easily found in farmer’s markets, and supermarkets. It is not easy on your budget though! It is still a rather costly item.
But a few go a long way, and the dry type are also a good alternative.
The fresh ones should be treated with the same care as for heirloom jewelry. They should be cleaned carefully and washed quickly. (Some suggest not to wash them at all, just brush the dirt off… 🤔😏 I do all the recommended cleaning, … but I also give them a quick wash).
Quickly and Easy
After carefully slicing the, making sure to keep the ”mushroom” silhouette so that everybody knows what is in their plate, they are just sauteed in oil (for me also a bit of butter because I like the taste), some garlic, a splash of white wine, and a sprinkle of parsley, they are ready to enhance a few masterpieces of Italian cuisine:
Polenta and Mushrooms (and if there is still room in your cholesterol numbers, add some cheese!)
Scallopine with Mushrooms
What’s not to like? … The cost maybe?