Forget the bottom of the sea or outer space—there’s enough to explore in our own supermarkets. Recently, three new types of mushrooms were discovered in a London grocery store. 

September 23, 2014

Forget the bottom of the sea or outer space—there’s enough to explore in our own supermarkets. Recently, three new types of mushrooms were discovered in a London grocery store. No, they weren’t growing in a dank corner—they were found in a package of purported dried porcini. The mycologists who found the new species scanned the fungi’s DNA and found no match in the mushroom database. Though these particular porcini-esque mushrooms have never before been documented, the experts assert that they’re safe to eat.

If you notice some unfamiliar characters in your next bag of dried porcini, consider using them to make one of these delicious recipes.

Porcini Risotto 
This creamy mushroom risotto gets a double dose of earthy umami flavor from both dried and fresh porcini.

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Pappardelle with Porcini and Pistachios 
The pairing of rich porcini mushrooms and sweet–nutty roasted pistachios is simple but extraordinary.

Eggplant & Porcini “Meatballs” in Tomato Sauce 
Dried porcini make these vegetarian “meatballs” extra-savory.

Porcini-and-Pecan Pâté 
This vegetarian pâté is just as satisfying as a chicken liver version.

Golden Potato and Porcini Gratin 
Decadent and ultra-satisfying, this gratin is packed with salty Parmigiano-Reggiano and mushrooms.

Three–Cheese Baked Pasta with Porcini and Radicchio 
This is the perfect fall pasta dish.

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