How do you recognize a dried Chinese porcini?

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Dried Chinese porcinis (Boletus Aestivalis, Boletus Aereus) are easy to distinguish from dried Italian porcinis and other varieties. 

Porcinis from China are darker in color and very thin, with a straight stem instead of the distinctive rounded “chubby” stem that you’ll find on porcinis from Europe or the US.  Chinese porcinis never grow to be as large as other varieties and thus tend to be sold in smaller pieces. 

Finally, because of the drying methods used in China, their mushrooms have a very potent aroma that is quite different from European & American dried porcinis.  They smell quite smoky and not as complex.

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