King Bolete (Boletus edulis)
Other Names - Porcini (piglets), Cèpe, Steinpilz, Borowik Szlachetny, Hřib Pravý, Stensopp, Eekhoorntjesbrood, Cep, Onddo Zuri.
Origins - Europe.
Type - mushroom/perennial (herbaceous).
Hardiness (see References, below) - Will grow in most temperate regions.
Fruit - Summer, Fall.
Height - Approx. up to 10 in (25 cm).
Cultivation - Often grows in small clusters, in pine, or oak forests. Boletus edulis is not really a standard garden plant, even if it is a highlight of September, occurring by Nature's rather than gardener's doing. When picking, twist Boletus at its base, and then pull it gently, to enable good future growth.
Propagation - By seed (wind-dispersed spores)
Other One of the most desirable mushrooms in culinary arts, Boletus edulis, is (luckily) easily available, too, particularly in the dry form. Fresh, or dry, it's a delight to cook (beautiful aroma), and eat (exquisite taste). It features in many classic dishes. Fresh, gently scrubbed (rather than washed) is great, sauteed in butter, with garlic, parsley, thyme, sometimes rosemary, delicious with, or without cream. Risotto, pasta, soups, sauces are all moved to another dimension with Porcini's aroma, and flavor. Boletus edulis' distinctive shape is easy to recognize. Yet, still, it can be confused with "wrong" mushrooms, such as Boletus satanus, or Tylopilus felleus.
Best, before you venture on Boletus edulis safari to your local woods, first find a party of experienced mushroom pickers. If you can't, consider buying it from reputable supplier, instead.
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References - Find more about Hardiness Zones
Special Thanks
Special Thanks to Town & Country Gardens Contributors: Batram, blogger, bulabean, dive-angel (Karin), flickr, Jasmine&Roses, Rita Crane Photography. Rita Crane, daughter of LIFE magazine photographer Ralph Crane. Her work can be seen on Flickr at Rita Crane Photography or on her website., Solasaga, TMR Davies, Wikipedia, W.D. Williams

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