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Castiglione: Truffles, Porcini and The Aristodemo’s

Castiglione: Truffles, Porcini and The Aristodemo’s

the 10th annual festival of mushrooms, chestnuts and truffles at Castiglione di Garfagnana.

Un fine settimana all’insegna delle tradizioni di campagna e dei sapori della Garfagnana e dell’Appennino, con piatti a base di farina di castagne, funghi porcini, tartufo scorzone, mondine (caldarroste) e necci, torte casalinghe. Dal mattino bancarelle con prodotti tipici e artigianato in centro storico, mostra mercato tartufo, mercato di generi vari al parcheggio, mostra micologica […]

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Foraging around Sensone

Foraging around Sensone

The use of stinging nettles in cooking is endless, I have already mentioned the soup, but add it to polenta, make your own pesto and puree sauces. They are used in cheese making and can be found in Yargi and varieties of Gouda and are used throughout the world in a variety of ways. Check it out you will be surprised at the versatility of this commonly know weed.

One of the things that I love about my life is that every day I learn something new, I am consistently learning and growing in so many different ways. Sensone is for me such a magical place providing so much not just for me but for many other people. Although we might hate all of […]

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Porcini mushrooms in Scotland

The fabulous and fabled porcini mushrooms are still being brought down from the mountains surrounding Barga and carried each evening triumphantly into the city to be put in front of the waiting customers sitting expectantly, forks in hand, in the restaurants. In fact it has become almost a spectator sport as the three or four […]

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Autumn porcini are back up in the hills

Regular readers will known that the much sought after porcini mushrooms which grow wild in the mountains around Barga put in an appearance during two distinct moments during the year – spring and autumn. As we reported back in the second week in May, the arrival of the spring crop of the precious Boletus edulis […]

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Large Porcini mushrooms

The locations of good porcini areas are fiercely kept secret and handed from father to son.  People leave their houses at dawn (and even before) to make sure that they are the first up on mountain in search of the elusive funghi. So it comes as a bit of surprise that one of the Lake […]

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Porcini and Ticks

It’s the Porcini season one again – the exquisite wild mushrooms that grow in the mountains around Barga but this year there is a difference – an added ingredient to the ritual of walking up through the chestnuts and birch woods in search of the elusive Boletus edulis. Some of the mushroom hunters are reporting […]

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The Porcini have arrived

Ok, it’s now official – the Porcini have arrived  For the past week or so rumours of the start of the porcini season- the local wild mushrooms that grow up in the mountains around Barga – have been percolating around the city. There have even been one or two furtive like images of the mushrooms […]

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Just how far away do Porcini grow?

The fabulous and fabled porcini mushrooms are still being brought down from the mountains surrounding Barga and carried each evening triumphantly into the city to be put in front of the waiting customers sitting expectantly, forks in hand, in the restaurants. In fact it has become almost a spectator sport as the three or four […]

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9th June

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Shhh, the porcini are here but don't say anything

Once again as in other years for the past week or so rumours of the start of the porcini season- the local wild mushrooms that grow up in the mountains around Barga – have been percolating around the city.