What's all the fuss about Porcini Mushrooms?

Dean Fountain

Porcini is the Italian name for Boletus edulis, a wild mushroom that is fast gaining popularity in New Zealand particularly in the South Island where it grows well and rapidly. These mushrooms are known as Boletus mushrooms (which to be fair is not exclusive to that of Porcini)

Dried porcini mushrooms or powder is readily available at boutique food stores and online, and they are among the most commercialized wild mushrooms in the world. Porcini possess a nutty, earthy character that  creates a complex and enchanting flavor profile.The Japanese describe this as unami, due to the English not comprising on a word to describe the taste effectively.

Porcini mushroom is one of the finest wild culinary mushrooms on the market, and is by far the most coveted found in the wild. They are high maintenance in the kitchen and require special preparation; due to their high moisture content, they need to be treated with dignity rather than impunity, otherwise you run the risk of eating porcini that are soggy, slimy, or even leathery. Needless to say will turn you off forever!

Instead of blade-like gills on the bottom of the cap/hood, Porcini mushrooms have a spongy layer of tissue that’s made up of a multitude of little tubes. In the case of porcini, they start out white and turn yellowish as the mushroom matures. 

Most people choose to use dried or powdered Porcini due to the challenges with preparing, cooking or storing this expensive mushrooms.




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Horopito Wild Herb Seasoning

Dean Fountain

Rhayne – Horopito Wild Herb Seasoning, Makrut Lime Leaf Salt, Porcini & Sea Salt.

Horopito is New Zealand's native pepper tree, sustainable, hand-picked from NZ native bush. These herb salt & pepper seasonings are chefs and home cooks best friend. 

Made in New Zealand with native spice and organic sea salt, freshly ground peppercorns; Makrut lime leaves. Provide a new addition to the spice rack. 

Guaranteed to be a talking point at the next BBQ, with Makrut Lime Leaf Salt suited with seafood and curries, with Horopito suited to meats and game.  

Hunters and Fisherman are impressed with our  lime, porcini and horopito subtle flavours to enhance their rewarding catch. Rhayne products are a great way to enhance the dishes you already prepare in your kitchen.

The Horopito bushes must be at least five years old before they are harvested.

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