Dried Caesar’s Mushroom
Caesar’s mushrooms have been considered one of the best and most expensive edible mushrooms for many centuries. This is why it’s called Caesar’s mushroom, since the mushroom was already very popular in the imperial times of the Roman Empire. Caesar’s mushroom definitely rivals the highly praised porcini mushroom. The reason that porcini mushrooms are better known is simply because Caesar’s mushrooms are rarer in Germany. Their flavour is nutty and intense. Caesar’s mushrooms are wild mushrooms and are therefore not from regulated cultivation. They were collected in the northern forests of Spain and then dried.
In our opinion, Caesar’s mushrooms taste best with:
- as a side dish
Why are dried mushrooms so expensive, relatively speaking, and what are the advantages of dried mushrooms?
Fresh mushrooms contain a lot of water and lose up to 90% of their weight when dried. This explains the higher price of dried mushrooms compared to fresh mushrooms. When soaked in water though, dried mushrooms expand to almost their normal size and both their taste and consistency remain nearly unchanged. One of the biggest advantages of dried mushrooms is their shelf life. If stored correctly, sufficiently dried mushrooms can be kept for several years without any noticeable loss of quality. However, it is important that the mushrooms are stored in an airtight container.