Ou de reig (Caesar's mushroom)

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Ou de reig (Caesar's mushroom)

The ‘ou de reig', ‘reig', ‘oriol' or ‘monjola' (Amanita caesaria) is a highly prized mushroom. It is not easy to find.

The colours are vivid - white and red. During growth it is egg shaped and as it gets larger it progressively sheds its protective veil, with the cap becoming flat. Its flesh is tender, sweet and delicious. The smell is mild. Great care must be taken when seeking out this mushroom as it is easily confused with the poisonous Fly Amanita (Amanita muscaria). It lives on the lowlands of planifolious woods, generally near cork oaks, holm oaks, oaks and chestnut trees. It fruits from spring until early autumn, and does not like the cold at all. This mushroom is delicious raw, thinly sliced, and also grilled.

Category: Mushrooms.
Characteristic of: All of CataloniaCatalunya
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It can occasionally be found fresh, in season, in some markets.

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