Porcini Mushroom (Boletus edulis)
Latin edulis, “edible”, this mushroom is one of the most appreciated for its well-defined taste and texture sweet like hazelnuts . It is ofthen used dry and canned.
The flesh of this mushroom is white and brown pulling compact both in the hat and foot, but the older specimens often show a softer flesh.
The shape of this mushroom is very characteristic, perhaps similar to a plug of cava. The hat is meaty and solid, more or less dark brown with distinctly lighter than the other edge. The stand is sturdy, thick, full and solid. The hat can achieve remarkable dimensions and the foot can acquire the same height.
You can find this mushroom very often in forests of pine, beech, oak, chestnut and among thickets. It is marketed fresh in autumn in central and southern Europe.
Some recipes / recommendations: Grilled Boletus edulis, porcini risotto, cream of porcini, porcini croquettes.