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Dry Porcini Mushroom Source?


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Last few batches I've bought have been terrible. I don't even know how to describe the flavor. 

 

Any thoughts on where to get good ones?

 

I admit I've been looking for bargains, and trusting online reviews. Lesson learned.

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42 minutes ago, paulraphael said:

Last few batches I've bought have been terrible. I don't even know how to describe the flavor. 

 

Any thoughts on where to get good ones?

 

I admit I've been looking for bargains, and trusting online reviews. Lesson learned.


Gustiamo has quality.

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2 hours ago, paulraphael said:

Last few batches I've bought have been terrible. I don't even know how to describe the flavor. 

 

Any thoughts on where to get good ones?

 

I admit I've been looking for bargains, and trusting online reviews. Lesson learned.

 

I buy from Parmashop...

https://www.parmashop.com/english/gourmet/valtaro-porcini-mushrooms-and-other-parma-delights.html

 

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Looks like the same sourcing for these two places...

 

Borgotaro porcini come from Valtaro, a valley of the Taro river in the Apennine mountains where Emilia Romagna, Tuscany and Liguria meet.

 

Then there are shipping charges, which probably are a lot higher from Italy than from the Bronx. Gustiamo will let you order as much stuff as you want, and the shipping maxes out at $20.  Or, they let you pick up at the warehouse on Fridays.

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11 hours ago, paulraphael said:

Last few batches I've bought have been terrible. I don't even know how to describe the flavor. 

 

Any thoughts on where to get good ones?

 

I admit I've been looking for bargains, and trusting online reviews. Lesson learned.

Where did you get them from?  I've gotten them from kalustyan's and they've been pretty good, but I really don't have much to compare them with since I don't think I've bought them from anywhere else.

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1 hour ago, KennethT said:

Where did you get them from?  I've gotten them from kalustyan's and they've been pretty good, but I really don't have much to compare them with since I don't think I've bought them from anywhere else.

 

19 minutes ago, Maison Rustique said:

I haven't bought them from Surfas since I moved away from California, but I was always happy with everything I got there. They have several varieties and sizes to choose from. Dried mushrooms at Surfas.

 

I think the bottom line is you want porcinis (dried) from Italy. Hence, from a good trusted enough source.  

 

My impression of dried porcini mushrooms from Bulgaria (the link above), Poland, China, is that they're simply not up to the Italian quality. Yes, I've tried them all.

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