Sunday, 15 October 2017

Amanita Caesarea.



Most serious mycologists will tell you that the very finest of mushrooms are the above; Amanita Caesarea, known here as the 'Orange'.

As the name suggests, it was Caesar's favourite mushroom. It has a very fine and delicate flavour, but is not common. Lady Magnon came upon these two yesterday by chance.

Known in Italy as the 'Ovolo', it is highly appreciated throughout southern Europe; with good reason!


Lucky is he, or she, who has one of these with their breakfast fried egg; as did I yesterday.


26 comments:

  1. I am sure it was delicious but somehow it just doesn't look right.

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  2. A really tasty breakfast. It has been many years since I've eaten a fresh earthy mushroom full of flavour.
    May you enjoy many more such repasts

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    1. It was delicious, but I expect it'll be the last for quite a while. They are not common.

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  3. That is a wonderful find; they are becoming very rare here too. They are called ovulo because at their early stage they are very round and they look like an egg, with the yoke coming out of a white shell.
    Greetings Maria x

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    1. When they still look like eggs, you'd imagine they were extremely poisonous. Luckily the opposite is true.

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  4. The best way to eat Amanita Caesarea mushrooms is as a Carpaccio with olive oil, a splash of white balsamico, pepper and some fresh thyme leaves. This mushrooms is very rare and sometimes at the Farmers market sold up to 70 € the kg. A real Royal mushroom. You are lucky to have found two but you spoilt probably a bit its taste by frying it.

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    1. Raw mushrooms tend to give me indigestion, so I'll continue with cooked. They are very expensive here too!

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    2. Ok thar's a good reason not to try. Enjoy.

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  5. When I saw the heading to this post on my blog list I thought you were writing about an opera. Not having a clue about mushrooms to look at let alone name I thought ah, he's gone all highbrow for Sunday.

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    1. No, just my stomach calling again. It's hard to escape mushrooms here, at this time of year.

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  6. I definitely haven't seen those growing here in the woods before.

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    1. You see them occasionally at the Cepe market in V du Pd.

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  7. The small things in life that bring us joy..

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  8. Anything that you can't have very often tastes all the sweeter !!! I think that you like your food nearly as much as I do !! XXXX

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    1. The rarer they are, the sweeter they taste.

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  9. I cannot remember whether or not these are to be found in Britain, but I never have.

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    1. I don't see why not, it basically just another Amanita.

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  10. Looks gorgeous - expect it tastes so too.

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    1. Delicious Weave. Very delicate flavour.

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