Happy for the hunt August 20, 2008Posted by dorigo in food, personal, travel.
Tags: boletus edulis, mushrooms
No, not a post about Physics. Having no inspiration to discuss particles and their interactions, I console myself by posting a picture of today’s achievement: one of the best specimens of Boletus Edulis I have ever found in years of walks in the wood. Great brown color, the top is perfectly round and intact. The flesh has the consistency of much younger specimens, and upon cutting it (we are going to have it raw, with just oil, salt, pepper, and maybe a bit of lemon juice) it is of a very pleasant white. The taste is of fresh walnuts.
I found it together with its smaller buddies this afternoon, while walking back from Malga Nemes. That is a very panoramic place we usually hike to from Passo Montecroce Comelico, close to Padola, where I spend a few weeks every summer. I saw a nice Amanita Muscaria on the right of the trail under some trees, and went in to investigate – Amanita Muscaria is believed to be a marker for Boletus Edulis, and I can only confirm that the two mushrooms like to grow close together. As I examined the area, I saw a wonderful double circle of tiny mushrooms, making a perfect 8. I cursed myself for not having brought a camera with me, and then I spotted today’s prey, which showed head and shoulders above the ground which it had parted to grow. I am unable to explain why, but finding these mushrooms brings me a lot of satisfaction. And, this evening, the satisfaction will be from eating it!