Seasonal Guide to Buying Mushrooms

Seasonal Guide to Buying Mushrooms

The popularity of gourmet mushrooms is continuing to grow and for good reason; easy, low-fat, rich in fibre and protein, and a great way to add flavour and boost all of your favourite dishes including pasta, soups and sauces.

At Gourmet Life, porcini mushrooms are our most-loved gourmet mushroom being strong, hearty and quite nutty in flavour.  Not only do they taste great, they have a high nutritional content making them a wonderful substitute for meat if you are vegan or vegetarian.  

They are commonly grown in Italy and throughout Europe in hardwood forests amongst pine, chestnut and hemlock, and known for their thick stem, large cap and denseness. These babies are not light and can weigh up to 1kg when mature.


Fresh Mushrooms vs Dry

When buying fresh, make sure you purchase only young mushrooms and always check the outer and under part of its cap. If it’s dark, soft or covered with black sports, then it’s probably too mature to eat.

When purchasing dried porcini mushroom, it’s good to lookout for a strong smell. Avoid packages made up of too much dust or crumbled pieces, as the flavour is not likely to be very strong.


When to buy Mushrooms?

Porcini mushrooms fruit in the European Summer to Autumn, therefore are seasonally best from the beginning of April until the end of June.

Our fresh French mushrooms from beginning of April until mid-December.


Purchase mushrooms from Gourmet Life. Get in-store or contact us for delivery.

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