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Fresh Fungi cultivates a variety of species including those highlighted below as well as other specialty gourment mushrooms like Chicken of the Woods (Laetiporus sulphureus), Hen of the Woods (Grifola frondosa or Maitake), Brick Cap (Hypholoma Lateritium), Wine Cap (Stropharia rugoso-annulata) and Turkey Tail (Trametes versicolor). We only retail cultivated mushrooms, we leave foraging for enjoyment and self-consumption.
Lion’s Mane (Hericium erinaceus) is a culinary delight for home cooks and chefs alike! Mild in flavor, Lion’s mane is delicate, tender, juicy and has a crab like texture. We always recommend getting to know the fungi alone the first time you cook with it. We suggest sautéeing them in a cast iron with a bit of olive oil, covered for the first few minutes to lightly steam the mushroom using its own juices, which breaks down the chitin, the insoluble fibers, allowing the body better access to the nutritional aspects of the food. Lion’s mane is delicious as a crab substitute, often used to make a vegetarian version of a crab cake, and many other recipes using crab. Like most mushrooms, these are also great for adding into scrambled eggs.
Belonging to the “tooth fungus” group, Lion’s Mane can be identified by its long icicle-like spines, and tendency to dangle in a single clump. It is native to North America (among many other places) and can be found here in Ohio, growing on hardwoods. Lion’s mane is studied for potential support to the cerebral and nervous system and is thought to promote focus, mental clarity, and boost the immune system. *
Oyster Mushrooms (Pleurotus ostreatus) are delicate in flavor with a silky tender texture and pair well with a variety of dishes. We always recommend getting to know the fungi alone the first time you cook with them. We suggest sautéeing them in a cast iron with a bit of butter. They are delicious mixed with greens and garlic, scrambled eggs, stir fry, or on top of a steak.
Oyster Mushrooms have broad, thin, oyster- or fan-shaped caps and come in a variety of colors with gills lining the underside. The caps are sometimes frilly-edged and can be found individually or in clusters of small mushrooms. Fresh Fungi cultivates a variety of strands within the oyster mushroom family. Oyster mushrooms are high in vitamins and minerals and contain several substances thought to influence health. Studies have suggested oyster mushrooms could benefit cholesterol, heart health, and enhance immune function. *
Shiitake Mushrooms (Lentinula edodes) are rich in flavor with a meaty texture, these savory mushrooms are quite versatile. They are commonly used in Asian dishes such as stir fry or soups. They are also delicious in pastas, atop a steak, or with eggs for breakfast.
Shiitake mushrooms are tan to dark brown with round caps and are the second most widely cultivated mushroom in the world although they do not grow locally in our home state of Ohio. Fresh Fungi cultivates these in both indoor and outdoor environments. Shiitakes are widely studied for their health benefits including cardiovascular support, boosting the immune system, liver health, and cholesterol management.*
* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
All dishes pictured above were prepared by us with our mushrooms!
We are located in Delaware, Ohio and you can find us at the weekly Saturday morning farmers market on Sandusky Street from late May until late October. (Check out their website at mainstreetdelaware.com) We also welcome you to join our mailing list to be notiifed of available harvests outside of the market season. As special events and additional markets are added we will update the event calendar here.
Nothing from December 4, 2023 to January 3, 2024.
As longtime mushroom enthusiasts we began our cultivating journey as a hobby for the love of fungi and realized we wanted to share this with our community. Through trial and error, extensive research and attending an incredible course taught by Paul Stamets, we are bringing our dream to reality as we grow into the vision we have for our farm. We strongly believe small businesses and local farms are the cornerstone of our local economy, the heart of our community, and supporting them is the most sustainable practice we can follow as consumers. It is our pleasure and our goal to make this highly nutritious and sustainable cultivated protein available to our community and beyond.
Science and research is constantly evolving as related to the many medicinal qualities offered by mushrooms. Each species is studied for various benefits and we urge you to research how fungi can boost health and wellness. We truly believe in the power of fungi and hope to inspire everyone to learn about the important role it plays in our eco system and its untapped potential value for bringing viable and sustainable solutions to our society.