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22 responses to “Porcini Bonanza!”

  1. J.R. Young

    “there were still some king boletes to be found if we went south of San Francisco. How far south I cannot tell, only that it was north of Los Angeles…”

    Boooooooooo 😉

    j/k looks great, I wish we’d get some fricken rain around here.

  2. Eric S

    Hey Hank, great to hear you hit the Porcini bonanza going on. Sorry I missed out. I’m going to have beat Carter for not giving me a call 🙂

  3. The Mom Chef ~ Taking on Magazines One Recipe at a Time

    I need to take a class on mushrooms so I can go out hunting without taking the risk of killing myself of giving my five year-old hallucinations. I’m so, so jealous. Heck, I don’t even know what kind of mushrooms grow here in NC.

    All that aside, as soon as I saw the risotto I groaned with a mixture of pleasure and wanting. I love risotto and can only imagine what it tasted like with the fresh flavor of mushroom. Jealous. I am so jealous.

  4. Russell

    Tease! Fall mushroom season SUUUUUUUUUCKED up here in Seattle. Even for Chanterelles!

  5. John

    “Heck, I don’t even know what kind of mushrooms grow here in NC.”

    I’m in NC around Charlotte and find loads of oysters year round, lots of morels in April (works well with turkey hunting, which is the month of April down here), and scattered chanterelles and boletes in spring and fall. Start with oysters and morels. They’re both easy to identify and almost impossible to mix up with anything toxic. Look for oysters on dead or diseased poplar or willow trees and stumps. Look for morels in creek bottoms and coves where there are poplar trees.

  6. Carter

    Great post, Hank. I’m glad you were able to make it. You really captured the fungal explosion we experienced down there. I seem to have been running my dehydrator for weeks straight. Can you guess what my friends and family will be getting all neatly pack in jars with nice labels on them as Christmas gifts? I’ll be sure to refer them to this post so they will know how to use their present.

    You’re welcome to come picking with me any time (so long as you’re willing to put up with me when the full mushroom greed sets in 😉 ). And if you ever change your mind about getting in the water to spear your fish rather than sitting warm and comfortable on a boat and reeling them in, be sure to let me know!

  7. Julia

    Great tip on using the spongy bits. I had been throwing them away for years. Now, if I can only get over my mushroom envy. I mentioned only half in jest to ButterPowered Bike that we should road trip to CA to mushroom hunt after I read about your haul since I just went on vacation.

  8. Ting

    So jealous you can still find mushrooms this late in the year, here in New Hampshire the fall flush of Maitake in October and November marked the end of our mushroom season 🙁

  9. Tamar@StarvingofftheLand

    There ought to be a name for porcini envy (cepticemia?). Whatever it is, I have a life-threatening case.

  10. meredith

    If you are going to provide the latin binomial, please do it correctly….the genus part is always capitalized…..Amanita muscaria….but thanks for making sure they are italicized (something I can’t do in the comments section)!

  11. Eric

    “Grilling in December? Welcome to CA” My grill stays out all year long over here in Western WI, as I’m sure yours did when you were in this neck of the woods. However, I’m sure our grilling attire is a bit different. Happy Grilling, I can hear some venison tenderloins sizzling in my near future.

  12. Daniel

    Funny, just got back with a nice little haul of porcini tonight and checked your blog for inspiration! Same general location as you hunt and same assemblage of other species. I’m wondering if you’ve ever tried elfin saddles?

  13. Jessa

    The Roommate has brought home a few beautiful porcini from SF this season, but I’ve been too busy to go out at all (and Rick’s been too busy hunting)!

    Good thing I have more than a gallon of boletes dried from last season – should probably get on using ’em!

  14. kyle


    what book would you recommend, if any, for mushroom classification? I’ve always been interested in mushroom hunting. thanks


  15. CarolG.

    So, boletus edulis is porcini, I never have hunted for it myself and I didn’t know what it looked like. My parents told me they found and cooked one once but their story was… not inspiring. After consuming the mushroom, my father decided he had misidentified the mushroom and they were going to die (in the mountains, on a backpacking trip). Apparently my father spent time trying to self induce emesis while my mother wrote a good bye letter to us. Thankfully, the first identification was correct. Now I think I may hunt for some porcini afterall.
    In a strange way this has brought back good memories.
    Thank you,

  16. Chris S.

    Grilling in Decemeber? Sure, no prob. South-Eastern Wisconsites do it too. 😉
    …..But not in shorts.

  17. marshall

    Hey Hank,

    Is there an easy way to search your site for things like this? I’m going to need to be able to search for some stuff come spring mushroom season etc. I just can seem to find things that easily. I end up having to google “honest food morells” and the like. Any thoughts?

  18. James

    I just want to thank you hank, I did the good job for the PORCINI MUSHROOM RISOTTO. It`s delicious! I want to hunt more porcini 😀

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