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cardoncelli

king oyster mushrooms

Pleurotus eryngii are a much sought after, meaty mushroom that grows on the roots of sea holly, especially in southern Italy. In ancient times they were considered an aphrodisiac. In northern Lazio, in the old Etruscan lands, they are equally sought after and known as ferlenghi

In Puglia they make a dish called Tiella di Funghi Carduncedd, made of mushrooms layered with potatoes, garlic and parsley. They are also popular on pasta with peperoni cruschi.

Also known in English as king trumpet, trumpet royale, French horn, king brown mushroom, or boletus of the steppes.

Text © Dana Facaros and Michael Pauls

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