Porcini mushrooms (Boletus Edulis) are a very popular mushroom throughout Europe and the United States. During late spring and early summer the porcini grows in abundance. Porcini mushrooms have a distinct flavor. The flavor can be almost addicting. Dried porcinis are a very economical mushroom as the flavor is very concentrated. Porcinis are graded by size, color, aroma, and variety.
Porcini are delicious in soups, sauces, stuffings and stews. Dried Porcini can be substituted for any Mushroom in any recipe; typically a smaller amount of Dried Porcini can be used in recipes than other Mushrooms because of the intense flavor of the Porcini. These are wild mushrooms, they may have stones embedded in their flesh. To help dislodge the stones, it is strongly recommended to reconstitute and agitate the mushrooms prior to use. To reconstitute, place desired amount into a bowl and cover with boiling water. Let soak for 6-9 minutes, stirring occasionally, and rinse well. Note: some stones may not be dislodged from the flesh after reconstitution.