Bay bolete (Bolete badius) is quite common and often found when hunting for King Boletes, Still a magnificent Mushroom the Bay Bolete is a chocolate-brown colour with a spongy underside that is often dried and stored for future use. Like the superior Boletus edulis these mushrooms have an even deeper flavour on rehydrated, giving a rich woody flavour to any dish, perfect mushroom base for gravy, broths or stews.
Do not pick Mushrooms unless you are a professional foragers and 100% sure of the identity.
After two years of attempting to find mushrooms hotspots by myself I was finally lucky enough to have been invited to participate in a family mushroom hunting trip. I was overjoyed at my chance to find out how the professional do it and have an expert identify my mushrooms.
There is something very rewarding about hunting for mushrooms, in fact I cannot wait to see what this year has in store. Often following a two-year cycle with one year having an abundance of mushrooms and the next year very few. that said Weather plays a critical role and a late winter or a dry summer can dramatically affect the mushroom availability for years to come.
Drying Mushrooms including Bolete’s and Parasol caps is an ancient and practical way of preserving mushrooms for use in the winter months. Often hung from strings in a dry, dark well aired position will allow the Mushrooms to dry throughly and retain the deep earthy/nutty flavour and scent that is often associated with the species.
Look how the Mushrooms dry and change colour! These are lovingly collected and cleaned before threading the mushrooms on to a string of approx 20/25 caps and then hung often from the ceiling of a traditional Eastern European kitchen. Bolete Mushroom strings are prized throughout Europe but beware during festivities and celebrations the prices tend to soar.
Living in Polish community in Philadelphia there are some traditions that follow the Polish way of life and cuisine if you would like to try making a few mushroom recipes for yourself then be-sure to subscribe our email alerts.