The first of this year’s pick of wild mushrooms have now dried and are about to be put in store. Dried mushrooms, kept in a sealed container, will happily keep for up to a year, so will be used over the coming winter and beyond.
Here are a couple pictures of some of our dried Porcini (borowiki) and Bay Bolete (podgrzybek) mushrooms. All have been picked over the last week or two by our family in the forests of the province of Lubuskie in the far west of Poland.
Dried mushrooms are re-hydrated by soaking in boiling water for about 30 minutes and used in Polish dishes such as Bigos (Hunter’s Stew) and Polish Wild Mushroom Soup.
A fine example of a Borowik mushtroom. Borowik are the dream find of many Poles.
Borowik szlachetny (Boletus Edulis) can be found in Poland’s coniferous forests from the beginning of June to around November each year. They are perhaps the most sought after of all of Poland’s edible fungi, highly valued for their wonderful taste. Borowik are suitable for eating straight after picking, pickling, and drying. Many Polish families pick and dry a supply for use throughout the year in traditional dishes like Bigos (Hunters Stew) or Polish Wild Mushroom Soup and for use in various Christmas and Easter dishes.
Many Poles spend many hours picking wild mushrooms in Poland’s many forests. Some eaten fresh, most dried for use throughout the year.