I always loved Porcini mushrooms, but I stopped cooking with them when I learned that most Porcini mushrooms sold in food stores and supermarkets come from (mainly) China or other countries like Romania, Turkey or Poland. Of all the porcini sold, I'm told, optimistically, only 2% are Italian.
Not any more! Our Porcini Mushrooms just arrived in our warehouse: their fragrance, color and texture are similar to nothing you have seen before because this is not your usual Chinese fare.
These mushrooms are beautiful. How do I know that they are from Italy? They are not only from Italy, they are from Borgotaro (pictured above), an area in the Appennine mountains where Emilia Romagna, Tuscany and Liguria meet; an area where the woods, the climate and everything else is so porcini-perfect that the European Community assigned the IGP status.
And these are the IGP Borgotaro Porcini mushrooms conserved in olive oil.
They look beautiful in the clear jar, with their own bay leave. Use them with antipasto, cold cuts and cheeses. With a mixed salad and steamed vegetables or as a side dish.