Dried mushrooms vary in size and shape depending on the size of the fresh mushroom and usually have a flat and wide appearance with a curved, rounded cap. Dried porcini mushrooms also vary in color from dark brown, light brown to a rusty, red-brown hue depending on age. Dried porcini mushrooms have a distinct, smoky, rich and woody aroma. Once reconstituted, mushrooms take on a chewy texture with a dense, meat-like texture and provide nutty, earthy, and savory flavors.
Dried porcini mushrooms should be reconstituted and can be used whole or ground up and added as flavor concentrates. To rehydrate, dried mushrooms should be soaked in room temperature water for 15 to 30 minutes and then rinsed to remove excess grit. Mushrooms can be chopped into soups, stews and sauces, they can be cooked with eggs, baked or stewed in various dishes. Dried porcini mushrooms can be ground into a powder and mixed into batters and spices, or the mushrooms can be sautéed in olive oil and blended to make flavored oils. The water from the soaked dried mushrooms has a strong aroma and can be added to broths, sauces and soups. Dried porcini mushrooms go well with meat, vegetables, cheeses and sauces.
- HEALTH BENEFITS
Boletus mushrooms are the healthiest among mushrooms. They have more protein than other forest mushrooms. Mushrooms are useful for the prevention of diabetes. They have a very low glycemic index of 10. This means that mushrooms do not drastically raise blood sugar levels and do not overload the pancreas. Mushrooms can help you lose weight. Because they have a low calorie content - 17-25 kcal per 100 g. Mushrooms are digested for a long time, which is why they create a feeling of satiety for a long time. Mushrooms improve the functioning of the nervous system, they contain B vitamins, which are essential for a normal nervous system. Eating porcini mushrooms thins the blood, lowers cholesterol levels, activates lymphocytes, increases the immune system's production of alpha interferon, tumor necrosis factor (TNF), and interleukins-1 and interleukins-2. These substances help the body to resist cancer formations.