Wednesday, September 26, 2012

It's Porcini Time

Those who have had the pleasure of eating porcini mushrooms will understand what all the fuss is about. From a culinary standpoint, mushrooms are the equivalent of grapes in enology. Here in Italy everyone talks about “when the mushrooms will arrive”. Clearly, the two most noble varieties are porcini and truffles.
Well, it’s time! This season the northern regions are running ahead of schedule (about 2 weeks or so) – thanks to the change in weather during the month of September. The race is on to find the best and biggest. Expert mushroom “hunters” and their faithful dogs scour the woods to bring home this coveted prize. The rest of us just wait, until we here the buzz, “sono arrivati!” (they’ve arrived) – and then we know it’s time to either start cooking, or go to our favorite restaurant!

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