Porcini in Cortona

This is another one of the sagras that we look forward to.  Porcini are large cultivated mushrooms.  They are used in risottos, stewed, as a topping for meats and the best way  of all, fried.

The sagra in Cortona is a big event held in the public park for 2 days only.  We were there on Saturday, August 20.  By ourselves!


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Reject stems


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The trimming ladies.  Behind them are the big pans used to fry the porcini.



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It was hot, but Ben found a breezy corner.


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This year in addition to the fried porcini I tried the zuppa di porcini (yes I know, hot soup when it is over 90 degrees).  I was disappointed in it.  It was bland, needed a little salt, maybe some olive oil…


The fried porcini (sorry no picture) were outstanding!  Hot, crisp but moist on the inside.  The best ever.  We were sitting at a table with one of the organizers and his daughter was serving all of us.  So that might be why we got such good fried ones.  Who knows?  


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