Posted by: Debra Kolkka | October 11, 2011

Funghi porcini for sale

Porcini mushrooms grow in the forests around Bagni di Lucca and right now they are in season. It is quite common to see stands on the side of the road at this time of the year.


These mushrooms grow to an amazing size.





I actually prefer the smaller ones as I find the big ones a bit strong. Our purchase will be turned into a delicious sauce for pasta.


  1. Hmmm.., Your pasta sounds promising!! :))))

  2. Yum is right. We like them in risotto! What pasta sauce do you make?

    • i love risotto too. it will be a fairly simple sauce as the mushrooms are quite strong.

  3. We love them and I agree with you, the smaller ones are more delicate than the large ones. I always prepare them in a sauce to accompany chestnut pasta. Some Parmesan cheese…. Divine!!!!

    • i’m sure you could make a delicious sauce with these. Perhaps you need to come to BdL.

  4. Sauce sounds awesome! Good luck. Wish I could taste it.

    • Do you get porcini mushrooms where you are?

  5. do you go and collect them too? How lovely to have stalls like that! the small ones are generally less popular with the insects and other beasties who like to feast on them. Having dreadful fungi envi here x 🙂

    • i have been to collect them, without much success. It is fun searching through the forest so it doesn’t really matter.

  6. Yummbo scrummbo!

  7. Yum! I grew up in Michigan where Morels grew wild in the woods behind our house. As such, I love mushrooms and am a mushroom snow. I can barely tolerate the ones sold in the grocery stores here.

    Happy foraging!

  8. The mushrooms look great, but I also wish I knew where I could get one of those umbrellas!

    • The market umbrellas here in Italy are wonderful. They seem so easy to assemble.

      • If you happened to ask a market trader . . . . 🙂

  9. Reason alone to live there, nothing like fresh porcini.

  10. I’m drooling at the thought of pasta with fresh porcini sauce! Oh to be in Italy at this time of the year.

    • Autumn in Italy is lovely and the mushrooms are a bonus.

  11. What beautiful forresty looking mushrooms! Yumo!

    • They are amazing looking mushrooms and they taste great too.

  12. I am so jealous that I may just hop on a plane and come over!

    • You should do just that.

  13. This reminds me of a trip to Florence where we first tasted the porcini mushrooms- Yummy I can just taste them !!!

    • They are a very special taste. The dried ones are good, but there is nothing like the fresh ones.

  14. I love mushrooms alot. specially with pasta. i wished to go on mushroom hunting when we were in italy last summer but its not that easy to find a place or to reach it. and maybe there is no cultivation in summer.

    • I think it is too hot and dry in summer for mushrooms.

      • when is the best season to go mushroom hunting, and where, in italy? the colder and wetter the city, the better chance to find mushrooms?? 🙂

      • Autumn is the best time for porcini I think. They grow here under the chestnut forests. The conditions have to be just right for them to do well.

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