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Caesar’s mushrooms

Caesar’s mushrooms

Amanita Caesarea

Around this mushroom, true legends have been formed, Amanita Caesarea being considered the delicacy of the Roman Court, being an extremely appreciated edible fungus and considered a delicacy any festive dinner.

 

It can be found ever since ancient times on the coast of Italy, being of a similar age to the Agaricus genus (170-140 million years). Described for the first time by the Italian mycologist, Giovanni Antonio Scopoli, in 1772, it quickly conquered famous chefs from all around the world.

 

It can be found in old deciduous forests, rarely in coniferous forests, under oaks and chestnuts, and in rare cases, under pines, growing only in warm places, in sandy and acre soils, from June to October.

 

They are also called the mushroom of princes and princesses, representing a real delicacy. Their meat is white, with a sweet but not very pronounced taste. These fungus, along with all the Amanita mushrooms, are toxic when consumed raw. Can cause digestive disturbances, but, by boiling, they lose any toxic effect. According to legends, Emperor Claudius was poisoned by exchanging this delicacy with an Amanita Phalloides mushroom at a festive dinner.

 

The royal fungus is harvested quite often, although in some countries, it is rarely found in large groups or significant quantities. These mushrooms are considered to be superior quality mushrooms.

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