4 Russian Porcini Hunt

Russian Porcini Hunt

Posted on September 21, 2015 by tim

It’s fall and in Russia its time to hunt mushrooms. Russian villagers call mushrooms “free pork” – implying that mushrooms have as much protein as meat and also tastes good if prepared correctly. The king of the Russian mushroom hunt is Beliy Grib or “White Mushroom” known as Porcini, or sometimes bolete, to the Western World. Here it is, in the pic above.

Thanks to Alexei, a Russian blogger, we can now see a mushroom hunt first-hand.

Usually porcinis grow in pine forests. So another Russian name for them is “borovik” where “bor” is a pine forest. Here is one  – can you spot it?


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4 Responses to “Russian Porcini Hunt”

  1. Tshuhna says:

    Russians are addicted by mushrooms.
    Once they were surprised here, why finns don’t take Porcinis?
    Amount of people in russian forests is growing.

  2. RandalierBaer says:

    Actually cutting the mushroom is the worst thing you can do, except for those growing on wood. What we understand as “mushroom” is only the fruit, the real organism is spread out in the soil. When you cut it off, the piece staying behind will rot and very likly prevent new mushrooms from growing, at least for a while.
    The correct way to harvest is twisting the mushroom off, so it comes almost clean off. What stays behind will grow new fruit, soon.
    Additionaly you are unable to distinguish some poisenous mushrooms from their non poisenous counterparts if you do not examine the “root”, as it is the only difference.
    After making shure the mushroom is good to eat, you cut off the end part and discard it, so the mushroom will not rot.

  3. Mister Twister says:

    Sadly, americans do not have a mushroom picking tradition.

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