The Porcino (singular) - Porcini (plural) belong to the species of wild mushrooms called Boletes. The wonderful taste, small, texture and appearance of these mushrooms contribute to their reputation for being the most sought after of edible wild fungi.
EDULIS FOOD GROUP harvests, processes and exports this exquisite species of mushroom, which is renowned as the "King of Wild mushrooms". Porcini are widely hunted and harvested throughout Europe, North America, Australia, China, and Mexico. The Southern African Porcini mushrooms, proudly distributed by EDULIS FOOD GROUP are known to be parasite and worm-free.
The Boletes grow under beech, oak or pine trees - the pine being its prime habitat. They can fruit in singles or in troops on well-drained soil - usually from September through to April. The Boletes species of fungi is very characteristic for its rounded healthy aspect. Good markers include the pale net pattern on the upper stem and the yellowish to olive pores found under the cap.
Porcini mushrooms have a long, fleshy stalk, up to 10 inches (25cm) in length. The cap is fleshy, round, and convex, and can be smooth or velvety. The underside of the cap differentiates the Porcini from most other mushrooms as it is covered with vertical tube like pores instead of gills. Porcini mushrooms have a rich, woodsy aroma. Other names for Porcini include the Penny Bun, Cepe or Steinpilze.
In addition to the Porcini mushroom (Boletus edulis), there are several varieties of Boletus Mushrooms: red and yellow bolete, white king bolete, butter bolete, ragger’s bolete, and painted slippery cap. However, Porcini are definitely the most desirable for cooking and eating. EDULIS FOOD GROUP offers Porcini in their fresh form, as well as frozen, dehydrated and in brine.
Buying and storing tips
When purchasing fresh porcinis, select mushrooms with firm stems and a rich, woodsy aroma. If the stem is mushy or feels hollow, it is infested with insects. If the mushroom lacks fragrance, it is probably old and will not have much flavour. Fresh porcinis spoil quickly and should be eaten within a few days of collection or purchase. Keep them in a paper bag or wrapped in a cloth. Store both dried and canned porcinis in a cool, dry place.
In the recent past, fresh Porcini were rarely available in grocery stores and restaurants in South Africa.
EDULIS FOOD GROUP is the market leader in the harvesting, processing and distribution of Porcini mushrooms and offers this sought after mushroom on the local and international market from October through to June. EDULIS FOOD GROUP prides itself in its emphasis to deliver stock anywhere in South Africa within 24 hours, and, internationally within 48 hours from harvesting. .
Preparation, uses, and tips
The Porcini is one of the finest mushrooms and it is exceptionally delicious; It has a extremely rich flavour. Porcini can be enjoyed in many ways and are extremely sought after in Europe, America and in the East. Their nutty, earthy & meaty flavour compliments almost any hot or cold dish. They are used in many exciting dishes in their raw state, in brine, frozen or dehydrated<.br>
Before using fresh Porcini, remove the base of the stem and the vertical tubes under the cap. To reconstitute dried Porcini, soak them in hot water for 20 minutes. Save the soaking water for use in sauces and soup stock. In addition, cooking brings out the flavour. Sauté or fry them for 5 to 7 minutes; or cook them in a small amount of liquid in a tightly sealed pan for 15 minutes. Once cooked, use them in any recipe that requires mushrooms. The flavour of Porcini blends especially well with Italian seasonings. Porcini are also delicious when grilled. Brush the mushrooms with butter or oil just before placing them on the grill. Heat the mushrooms thoroughly, sprinkle them immediately with Parmesan cheese, and serve.
Maitake seems to be one of the most extensively researched herbs and a number of research papers have been published by various institutes and universities. The health benefits demonstrated by Maitake include immune system support, normal blood pressure support, normal blood sugar metabolism and normal cholesterol support.* Further laboratory studies and extensive clinical studies are under way in collaboration with leading research institutes both in the United States and in Japan.
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- Porcini mushroom, 100g (raw)
- Calories: 26
- Protein: 2.5g
- Carbohydrate: 5.1g
- Total Fat: 0.2g
- Fibre: 1.5g
- *Excellent source of: Niacin (4.5mg)
- *Good source of: Potassium (484mg) Selenium (11mcg)