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October 25, 2010

Shitake Mushrooms

Harvey and I spent Saturday at a PASA seminar called Taming the ‘Shroom: An Introduction to Mushroom Collection, Stewardship, and Log-based Production Techniques. It was a day well spent. We’re both eager to go mushroom hunting and toying with the idea of cultivating Shitake mushrooms.

I remember going on a mushroom walk as a little girl and collecting morel mushrooms. The part I remember most is eating them. We cooked them, and they were fantastic. Some kind of rich, meaty, smoky flavor. There’s a satisfaction to hunting or foraging for something. We collected blackberries this summer, and I made jam. It’s just fun. An excuse to play in the woods. Barely work at all. And I feel proud to know when something is in season and where to find it. In our mushroom workshop, people were constantly saying that it is important to notice what tree the mushroom is growing on or near, what weather conditions it prefers, etc. That’s what is exciting about mushrooms- they demand that you pay attention to their surrounding environment.

Cultivating mushrooms, although not the same adventure as finding them in the wild, will produce delicious mushrooms and much fresher than any sad supermarket mushrooms. Harvey and I are toying with the idea of raising mushrooms in 2011. But what if no one wants them? Would you be interested in buying locally grown (probably Shitake) mushrooms?

One Comment leave one →
  1. Liz Ashe permalink
    November 10, 2010 12:22 am

    Yes, I’d come and buy mushrooms!

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