Saturday, December 08, 2007
Bargain Polish Porcini
It's hard to find a good bargain just before Christmas, but here's one for you. BJP International have just landed a pallet of borowik szlachetny, that's Polish for dried porcini (Boletus edulis). As you can see from the pack, it's $13 for a whopping 60g, which is a whole lot better than those small 10g packets for $6, or even 40 g packets for $14.35 from specialist suppliers.
What is also great about them, is the actual size of the dried mushroom pieces. Compared to others, they are thick, chunky slices, with hardly any trimmings or broken bits. Having used Polish porcini, I can say they have a fantastic intensity of flavour and that deep essence that comes from top notch mushrooms. If you fancy a bit of porcini sauce with your Christmas turkey instead of the usual suspects, bread or cranberry sauce, get onto these. At this price you can afford to make a bucketful, you won't be sorry if you do. If you are Polish, you need these to make the traditional mushroom soup for Christmas eve.
Importer: BJP International, 21 Elma Road, Cheltenham, phone 9553 5411.
They sell direct to the public from their showroom or call to find your nearist stockist. They also stock dried bay boletus ( Xerocomus badius) mushrooms in the same size pack, a little cheaper again, as well as all manner of preserved mushrooms in jars.