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porcini mushroom?

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bzboston Sep 17, 2012 04:44 PM

Hi
I'm hungry for some porcini mushroom (fresh)
do you know where it is possible to get some here in Boston? I consider even shipment as an option.
I miss a lot these mushrooms and unfortunately I've never been able to get any while here in the US
Thanks
-Claudio

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    tartandfit RE: bzboston Sep 17, 2012 05:14 PM

    Give Russo's a call. They tend to have a good variety.

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      whops RE: bzboston Sep 20, 2012 06:43 PM

      Ben Maleson, a much profiled, knowledgeable, professional forager, who supplies restaurants might be able to help you.

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        lergnom RE: bzboston Sep 20, 2012 07:21 PM

        They're usually sold here dried. Lots of places sell them dried, from Whole Foods to Amazon and lots of online retailers. I've bought them at various places around town, but can't remember a specific place.

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          Allstonian RE: lergnom Sep 21, 2012 03:51 AM

          I buy my dried porcini at Salumeria Italiana in the North End. They're pricy, but always absolutely top quality - not dirty or gritty, and mostly nice big slices rather than dusty little crumbled bits.

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            FinnFPM RE: Allstonian Sep 21, 2012 04:46 AM

            As is the case with root vegetables, I consider a bit of dirt to be virtuous in a mushroom. I get nervous not being able to tell that a thing has been where it was supposed to be.

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              Allstonian RE: FinnFPM Sep 21, 2012 06:37 AM

              Yes, a bit of dirt on a potato (or a fresh mushroom) is a virtuous thing, but do you want to find dirt in a bag of potato chips? Dried mushrooms are sliced and dehydrated - they really ought to be reasonably clean as well.

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                FinnFPM RE: Allstonian Sep 21, 2012 07:55 AM

                I seem to have missed the "dried" part. I suspect I was too busy daydreaming about eating mushrooms to notice.

        2. steinpilz RE: bzboston Sep 21, 2012 08:44 AM

          Whole Foods River Street usually has a good selection of fresh wild mushrooms, including porcini. Maybe try calling savenors on charles Street?

          I've also had good experiences buying matsutake through Aux Delices:

          http://www.auxdelices.com/

          @castorpman

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