Cultivated mushrooms : special assortment

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ABALONE / AKURATAKI

LATIN Pleurotus nebrodensis
NL Wit elfje
EN Abalone or White elf
FR Champignon Abalone ou Elfe blanc
DE Abalone-Pilz oder Weisse elf
ES Hongo de Abulón
SEASON Year round
HIGH SEASON Year round
ORIGIN Asia
SORTING Mixed sizes

The White elf is a juicy mushroom with a slightly peppery taste and a sweetish accent. The Akurataki is best cleaned dry if this is necessary.

Owes its name to its fairytale appearance. Looks like the gray oyster mushrooms, but its shape is 'fuller / fleshier' with a powdery structure on the hat. The color is also lighter than that of the oyster mushroom, sometimes to almost white.

Most Akurataki are grown in China and freshly flown to Europe. Most, however, are canned for the Chinese and Asian markets in particular, where they are sold as 'Abalone mushrooms'. In addition to the Wood (or Judea) ear, this mushroom is widely used in Chinese cuisine. 

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CHAMPIGNON DE PARIS

LATIN Agaricus bisporus
NL Grotchampignon (wit / kastanje)
EN Cave button mushrooms (white / chestnut)
FR Champignon des cavernes (blanc / brun)
DE Höhlenpilze (Weiß / Kastanie)
ES Champiñón de cuevas (blanco / marrón)
SEASON Year round
HIGH SEASON Year round
ORIGIN NL / BE / FR
SORTING Mixed sizes / mini

Because of the stable natural conditions (temperature, humidity, no light and no draft) in cave cultivation, Cave mushrooms have a number of culinary advantages compared to industrially grown mushrooms.

Cave mushrooms grow more slowly, which makes them considerably firmer. They contain less water and release less moisture during preparation. Partly due to the addition of marl to the nutrient medium, Cave mushrooms are also tastier with a more intense 'mushroom flavor'.

Another advantage is that Cave mushrooms (ideally) are not harvested with a knife, but are turned from the soil so that the foot comes along. As a result of that, they also have a longer shelf life.

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CHINESE MOREL

LATIN Morchella conica (synonymous for Morchella elate)
NL Gekweekte morielje
EN Cultured morel
FR Morille cultivé
DE Kultivierte Morchel
ES Colmenilla cultivada
SEASON Year round
HIGH SEASON Year round
ORIGIN CN [ by air]
SORTING Per shipment comparable sizes (4 - 6 cm)

These Morels are grown in China in 'open ground'. According to some chefs, these morels have "less taste". They prefer to wait for the first wild morels from Turkey and certainly for the later ones at the end of March, beginning of April, from central and eastern Europe.

However, there are many chefs who like to work with this cultivated mushroom. As an extremely decorative accent in various dishes, garnishes, soups and sauces. Because of their great shape and almost comparable sizes, they are also great to fill. In short, a nice addition to the current range and enough reasons to surprise guests.

After 50 years of research at the University of Chengdu, they have succeeded in growing morels. They have been reluctantly grown and sold for 5 years. In the meantime, people grow morels in the open ground in more than 20 Chinese provinces. The lion's share comes from Sichuan (the "granary" of China) in the center of the country. If ordered by us, they will be delivered to our house immediately after picking by air freight after just 24 hours.

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CORAL

LATIN Clavulina coralloides
NL Koraalzwam
EN Coral fungus
FR Clavaire ou Champignon de corail
DE Kammförmige Keulenpilz oder Kammkoralle
ES Seta coral o Salvaje
SEASON Year round
HIGH SEASON Year round
ORIGIN EU
SORTING Mixed sorting / regular or Bio

Coral fungus smells and tastes like radish. Has a bitterness, but also something nutty and fruity in taste. The Coral mushroom quickly loses its crispy texture due to its fragile structure. It is therefore advisable to prepare very briefly and / or to add the Coral mushroom to a dish shortly before serving. Or as a topping with some fresh salad on a fungi or truffle pizza. The taste and whimsical appearance also comes into its own as a tempura. In addition, a fine raw garnish in salads.

The Coral mushroom owes its name to its eccentric shape. Is quite common in the wild, but there are several extremely poisonous species! More sensible, therefore, is to buy cultivated coral mushroom.

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CORDYCEPS

LATIN Cordyceps militaris
NL Rupsendoder of Cordyceps (m.)
EN Scarlet caterpillarclub or Cordyceps (m.)
FR Cordyceps militaire
DE Puppen-Kernkeule oder Cordyceps (m.)
ES Cordyceps (m.)
SEASON year round
HIGH SEASON year round
ORIGIN Asia
SORTING Mixed sizes

The gastronomic value of the Cordyceps militaris are a nice earthy aroma with a hint of sweetness, a beautiful decorative shape and deep orange color. If you search via Google under 'codyceps dish', you will also find some common recipes and ideas with the cultivated Cordyceps militaris. You can also find a recipe with Cordyceps under "Recipes" on our website. Again a nice story to tell to your guests !!

The 'Cordyceps militaris' are cultivated. And no, not on a breeding ground of live insects like his 'wild brother' the parasitic 'Cordyceps sinensis'. But on starchy culture media (rice / potatoes) with manipulated mycelium from the wild version. Responsible and organic. It is claimed that this variant also has a wide range of medicinal and stimulating effects.

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ENOKI

LATIN Flammulina velutipes
NL Fluweelpootje of Enoki
EN Velvet paw or Enoki
FR Collybie à pied velouté ou Enoki
DE Samtfußrübling oder Enoki
ES Pata de Terciopelo o Enoki
SEASON Year round
HIGH SEASON Year round
ORIGIN Asia / NL / DK
SORTING Main stream / BIO

The mild taste of the White Enoki is sweet, fruity and slightly spicy. The texture is firm and tender, with a crispy `bite`. Therefore excellent (very shortly blanched or stir fried) in salads, spring rolls, sandwiches etc. Because of the fragile structure you can add them warm the best` à la minute` to a dish.

Enoki is a cultivated form of the Velvet paw, which also occurs in the wild in the Netherlands and Belgium. Then they are light brown in color with short feet and larger hats. The white cultivated Enoki owes its color to the fact that they are grown in the dark, and their long stalks by adding extra CO2. Enoki are particularly popular in Japan. They have been growing there Enoki for 300 years. 

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ERYNGII

LATIN Pleurotus eryngii
NL Koningsoesterzwam
EN King oyster mushroom
FR Pleurote du panicaut ou Pied de dunes
DE Kräuterseitling
ES Seta de cardo
SEASON Year round
HIGH SEASON Year round
ORIGIN Asia
SORTING Large / middle / mini / [ by air ] middle / mini [ by boat ]

Raw Eryngii have hardly taste, but fried or grilled they have a rich, slightly spicy Umami taste. The structure is firm and resembles Abalone (a very large edible marine snails). Because they are relatively large, you can also process the King Oyster Mushroom as a pulled mushroom or as a nice long Juliènne in soups or rolls.

We personally find them with a bit of oil and garlic, grilling and a few drops of soy sauce the most beautiful. . .

The Eryngii is the largest variant of the genus of the oyster mushrooms. It grows in the wild around the Mediterranean and in Asia. Here it is now grown on a large scale and shipped by boat or plane. In this package they can be kept for a long time.

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ERYNGII [ MINI ]

LATIN Pleurotus eryngii
NL Koningsoesterzwam mini
EN King oyster mushroom mini
FR Pleurote du panicaut mini
DE Kräuterseitling mini
ES Seta de cardo mini
SEASON Year round
HIGH SEASON Year round
ORIGIN Asia
SORTING Mixed sizes [ 3 - 5 cm ]

These mini King oyster mushrooms also have a long shelf life.

Raw they have little taste, but baked or grilled they have a rich, slightly spicy Umami taste. In addition, they are extremely decorative small mushrooms in soups, sauces and in all kinds of garnishes.

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GOLDEN ENOKI

LATIN Flammulina velutipes
NL Gouden fluweelpootje
EN Golden needle mushroom
FR Enoki d'or
DE Goldener Nadelpilz
ES Seta de aguja de oro
SEASON Year round
HIGH SEASON Year round
ORIGIN Asia
SORTING In bundles

The mild taste of the Golden Enoki can be described as sweet, fruity, slightly spicy and necessary. The texture is firm and tender, with a crispy bite. Can therefore be processed perfectly raw in salads, in "spring rolls", between sandwiches and the like. Because of the fragile structure you can best add them in hot dishes "last minute" or prepare them very briefly.

The very young ones are often no bigger than a pinhead and therefore offer chefs wonderful and fine decorative options.

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HORSE / ANICE

LATIN Agaricus arvensis
NL Akker paddenstoel of Gewone anijschampignon
EN Horse mushroom
FR Agaric des jachères ou Boule de neige
DE Weiße Anis-Champignon oder Schaf-Egerling
ES Seta de Carvalho
SEASON Year round
HIGH SEASON Year round
ORIGIN EU
SORTING Mixed sorting

The Horse mushroom smells and tastes clearly like anise. Does it very well in combination with fish dishes such as quiches in which fennel, roasted fennel seed or a drop of Pernod processed. But also stir fried, short blanched or raw in a salad or 'just' in an omelet.

Clean with a brush and cut off the bottom piece of the stem. Cut them into slices or quarters and do not cook or fry too long, otherwise the delicate and special anise flavor will evaporate.

The younger ones, with a white stem and slightly yellowish and oval-shaped hat, are the tastiest. Older copies color (eventually dark) brown.

The Horse or Anise- or Meadow Mushroom is family of the white button mushroom and grows wild on meadows and in spruce forests. Is difficult to distinguish from a toxic 'lookalike'. Therefore, it is better cultivated and available throughout the year.

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JUDEA EAR

LATIN Auricularia auricula-judae
NL Judas oor
EN Wood ear or Judea ear
FR Oreille de Judas
DE Judasohr
ES Oreja de Judas
SEASON year round
HIGH SEASON year round
ORIGIN Asia
SORTING Mixed sorting

Wood ear has little taste, but easily absorbs flavors during the drying of dried ones or during cooking in a sauce or soup. Especially the gelatinous, rubbery texture makes it popular in Chinese and Japanese cuisine.

The gelatinous structure in Asian sauces with vegetables and chicken (and often bonded with tapioca) gives a pleasant mouthfeel. Indispensable in the famous Hot & Sour soup !!

Wood ear occurs almost everywhere in the wild. With the elder tree as favorite host. Is one of the top 5 most cultivated mushrooms worldwide (2003: approx. 1.7 million tons !!). The mushroom looks like an ear and 'breathes', as it were, with moisture; in dry weather, its size decreases, but the day after (in humid weather) it regenerates (grow or swell) just as easily. The color is satiny, dark pink and slightly transparent.

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MAITAKE

LATIN Grifola frondosa
NL Eikhaas of Maitake
EN Hen of the woods or Maitake
FR Polypore en touffe ou Maitake
DE Gemeine Klapperschwamm oder Maitake
ES Maitake
SEASON year round
HIGH SEASON year round
ORIGIN EU / Asia
SORTING Mixed sizes / small / regular or Bio

Hen of the woods can be eaten raw or cooked; baking, grilling, smothering, frying, stir-frying. Delicate taste of hazelnut and pepper. Goes well with Parmesan, Gruyère, thyme. Cut the end of the foot thinly and peel the fungus into similar pieces of the spatula shaped caps.

Maitake is a wood mushroom. In the wild it grows at the foot of living oak trees. Is excellent to cultivate and therefore available throughout the year. In addition to a beautiful decorative appearance and delicate taste, the mushroom is one of the most miraculous and healing organisms on our planet; especially against cancer. Is therefore, and for many other reasons, rightly a 'superfood'.

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NAMEKO

LATIN Pholiota nameko
NL Bundelzwam of Goudkopje
EN Nameko or Golden head
FR Naméko ou Tête d'or
DE Nameko oder Goldkäppchen oder Toskanapilz
ES Nameko o Cabeza dorada
SEASON Year round
HIGH SEASON Year round
ORIGIN EU
SORTING Mixed sorting, both mainstream and BIO

The taste of Nameko is nutty and the structure has a nice 'bite'. Characteristic is the somewhat sticky head. This layer provides a light binding effect in dishes such as Miso soup, ragouts or casseroles. The stickiness disappears after preparation. The Nameko mushroom also does well in taste and decor in wok dishes and pastas. It is recommended to prepare it as a whole mushroom.

Clean with a wet piece of kitchen paper.

The Nameko mushroom is also called 'Golden head' because of its copper, gold or amber-like color. The foot, and the flesh of the cap, are yellowish. After proper preparation, they retain this color and thereby give a nice accent to a dish.

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OYSTER [ MINI ]

LATIN Pleurotus ostreatus
NL Gewone oesterzwam mini
EN Pearl oyster mushroom mini
FR Pleurote en (forme d') huître mini
DE Mini-Austernpilz
ES Gírgola mini o Pleuroto en forma de ostra mini
SEASON Year round
HIGH SEASON Year round
ORIGIN EU
SORTING Mixed sizes [ 3 - 5 cm ]

The mini Oyster mushroom has even more meatiness and firmness than the larger ones. The taste is also fuller and more concentrated with a modest hint of anise. Combines nicely with fish dishes.

Because of its small size it is wonderful to present in its entirety in a dish. Bake briefly, otherwise they will become tough.

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OYSTER GREY

LATIN Pleurotus ostreatus
NL Gewone oesterzwam
EN Pearl oyster mushroom
FR Pleurote en (forme d') huître
DE Austernpilz
ES Gírgola o pleuroto en forma de ostra
SEASON Year round
HIGH SEASON Year round
ORIGIN EU
SORTING Mixed sorting / mainstream or BIO

The taste of the Pearl- or Grey oyster mushroom is soft creamy and the flesh is soft and meaty. Because the oyster mushroom contains less water than, for example, a button mushroom, it hardly shrinks during preparation. Because of this it is also called "the vegetarian steak" and is also very suitable for longer preparations in stews or ragouts.

The Oyster mushroom owes its name to its shape; that of an oyster shell. The most common types of the Pearl oyster mushroom are the brownish gray, also called the "Veal oyster mushroom" because of its soft taste that resembles veal. And the light purple, also called "Tonque mushroom" because the taste is a bit like (calf) tongue.

The 'Pearl' or 'Tree oyster mushroom' is a widely eaten mushroom worldwide. He was first cultivated in Germany as a livelihood during the First World War. Since 1980, this mushroom has been grown in the Netherlands on prepared straw to which the 'spawn' (the seed) has been added. For some years, coffee grits, a waste product from coffee consumption, have also been used as a substrate. Oyster mushrooms are now grown commercially all over the world.

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OYSTER PINK

LATIN Pleurotus djamor
NL Roze oesterzwam
EN Pink oyster mushroom
FR Pleurote rose
DE Austernpilz rosa
ES Gírgola rosa
SEASON Year round
HIGH SEASON Year round
ORIGIN EU
SORTING In bundles

The Pink oyster mushroom has a fleshy taste and structure with a sweetish accent and is a decorative mushroom because of its color.

Carefully clean the Pink oyster mushroom with a brush or a damp piece of kitchen paper. Cut away the rather tough stem and wedge the oyster mushroom into slices or quarters. Do not clean it under running water or by leaving it in water. They then absorb water and that leads to a loss of taste.

The Pink (and Yellow) oyster mushrooms are not breeding varieties of the common oyster mushroom. They are exotic species from Southeast Asia that have been cultivated there. Available all year round, mostly from Dutch growers.

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OYSTER YELLOW

LATIN Pleurotus cornucopiae var. Citrinopileatus
NL Gele oesterzwam
EN Golden oyster mushroom
FR Pleurote jaune
DE Gelbe Austernpilz oder Zitronengelbe Seitling
ES Gírgola amarillo
SEASON Year round
HIGH SEASON Year round
ORIGIN EU
SORTING In bundles / main stream and BIO

The Golden or Yellow oyster mushroom tastes (cashew) nutty after preparation and has small slats, which makes it easier to prepare them briefly (preferably in wok dishes). The meat is nicely juicy with a sweet accent.

The Yellow (and Pink) oyster mushroom are not breeding varieties of the common oyster mushroom. They are exotic species from Southeast Asia that have been cultivated there. Available all year round, mostly from Dutch growers.

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PIED BLEU

LATIN Lepista nuda
NL Paarse schijnridder
EN Wood blewit (Blue foot)
FR Pied bleu
DE Violetter Rötelritterling
ES Lepista nuda (Seta de pie azul)
SEASON Year round
HIGH SEASON Year round
ORIGIN BE / FR
SORTING mixed sizes / mini / large

Pronounced and pure, with a fruity aroma, a light anise flavor and irony perfume. And with a nice fleshy structure. Often fried and served in a creamy sauces, on toast and excellent to combine in fish dishes.

Consuming Wood blewit raw is not recommended and usually gives allergic reactions and indigestion. But by frying them, the toxic substances disappear and the 'Pied bleu' is a tasty mushroom. 

This mushroom is cultivated on a small scale in marl caves and is available almost all year round. In the wild from the end of the summer till the first frost. Grows in groups and sometimes in fairy rings. Characteristic is the violet, purple-blue foot that actually says: 'don’t touch me, don’t eat me'. After all, in nature, blue is the color of poison.

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PIED BLEU [ MINI ]

LATIN Lepista nuda
NL Paarse schijnridder mini
EN Wood blewit (Blue foot) mini
FR Pied bleu mini
DE Violetter Rötelritterling mini
ES Seta de pie azul mini
SEASON Limited supplies
HIGH SEASON Limited supplies
ORIGIN EU
SORTING 4 - 7 CM

The taste of these small mushrooms is more concentrated than the larger ones. Pronounced and pure, with a fruity aroma, a light anise flavor and iron-like perfume. And with a nice fleshy structure.

Use them as a whole or cut them (after cleaning with a damp cloth) in half or in quarters. Bake briefly and you have a beautiful, decorative, colorful and aromatic mushroom.

The Blue foot is cultivated on a small scale in marl caves and is available almost all year round. Due to the small-scale production, the minis (which are previously picked from the beds) are even more scarce and are picked to order.

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PIOPPINO

LATIN Agrocybe aegerita / Cyclocybe aegerita
NL Populier leemhoedje
EN Pioppino or Chestnut mushroom
FR Pioppino ou Agrocybes du peuplier
DE Pioppino oder Südlicher Ackerling
ES Pioppino o Seta de chopo
SEASON year round
HIGH SEASON year round
ORIGIN EU
SORTING Mixed sizes

The excellent taste is pronounced aromatic, has a sweet and some chestnuts. The fragrance is pleasantly soft with a hint of flower. The structure is nicely fleshy and firm.

Washing of this mushroom is not necessary and is very suitable for raw use in salads. In many other dishes it is an extremely decorative appearance.

Pioppino grows in nature at the foot of poplars, elder trees and mulberry. The Romans and Greeks have already begun to cultivate this mushroom, in principle for the recycling of tree stumps. Soon the Pioppino became a delicacy in France and Italy.

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POM POM

LATIN Hericium erinaceus
NL Pruikzwam of Apekop
EN Pom pom mushroom or Lion's mane mushroom
FR Pom pom blanc
DE Igel-Stachelbart oder Affenkopfpilz
ES Melena de león
SEASON year round
HIGH SEASON year round
ORIGIN EU
SORTING Regular and Bio

A beautiful mushroom with many benefits for the chef !! Practical: affordable, no cleaning required, available throughout the year. Culinary: in addition to its distinctive and decorative appearance, the mushroom has firm meat and a mild, sweet taste.

Some compare the taste with that of lobster or crab, others recognize a hazelnut in the slightly sweetish tone.

You can cut them into slices, cubes or strips and then bake them. Or process raw in a salad. Some chefs fill the balls and then cook them.

Our Pom Pom blanc are cultivated. In the wild, it grows on the wounds of mainly beech trees.

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ROYAL CHESTNUT

LATIN Xerula furfuacea
NL Beukwortelzwam
EN Beech rooter or Rooted agaric
FR Chestnut royale
DE Royal chestnut (oder 'Holzkeule' ?)
ES Chestnut real
SEASON year round
HIGH SEASON year round
ORIGIN Asia
SORTING Mixed sizes

This beautiful mushroom is extremely decorative because of its intense gray-brown, sometimes almost black color and white-cream colored inside of the hat. The hat of young specimens is soft and velvety.

Royal chestnuts have a beautiful and rich forest aroma with clear tones of nuts and a slight sweetness. The foot and the hat have a fleshy inside. The outside of the stem gives this mushroom a big 'bite' that is reminiscent of green asparagus.

Favorite among chefs because of the nutty taste and the firm structure. Widely used in soups, stews and specially in stirr fried dishes.

The Royal chestnut grows wild in central China, India and Zambia, among others. There are about 30 species, most of which are edible. In China they are increasingly cultivated and now also available for us. According to the Chinese, it has a beneficial effect.

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SHIITAKE

LATIN Lentinus edodes
NL Shiitake
EN Shiitake
FR Shiitake
DE Shiitake
ES Shiitake o Hongo del árbol shii
SEASON Year round
HIGH SEASON Year round
ORIGIN CN / EU
SORTING Mixed sizes

Shiitake have a fixed structure and should not be washed. Wipe off if necessary with kitchen paper. Shiitake absorb moisture easily, but hardly lose any moisture during baking. Quick stir-frying (small items 2-3 minutes / larger 3-4 minutes) gives the best results. Otherwise, chances are that they will become tough. Often used in Asian cuisine, in stir-fries, soups and sauces.

In addition, you can prepare Shiitake in countless ways and vary with it!

Shiitake grow in nature in Japan and China. The mushroom grows on hard woods such as oak, beech, chestnut and walnut.

After the mushroom, the Shiitake is the most grown. In China, because of its scent, Shiitake is also called 'xiang gu', which means 'good-smelling mushroom'. There are two types on the market; the most sold is the 'tong gu' species, which is thick and meaty with a barely opened hat. The thin-fleshed species with a wide open hat is called 'koshin'. Lowers cholesterol and blood pressure.

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SHIITAKE [ MINI ] BIO

LATIN Lentinus edodes
NL Mini Shiitake
EN Mini Shiitake
FR Shiitake mini
DE Mini Shitake
ES Shiitake mini
SEASON Year round
HIGH SEASON Year round
ORIGIN NL / EU
SORTING Bio & mixed sizes [ 1 - 3 cm ]

E a t   t h e   f e e t   ! !

The feet of our mini Bio Shiitake cultivated in the Netherlands are nice and soft. Just like the hats. Specially grown with preservation of the spicy, spicy Shiitake taste and pleasant odor. So hardly any cleaning and complete processing! And that makes every chef happy! A tasteful and decorative mushroom that can be eaten whole (only cut off the end of the foot).

Shiitake have a fixed structure and should not be washed. Wipe off if necessary with kitchen paper. Shiitake absorb moisture easily, but hardly lose any moisture during baking. Quick stir-frying (small items 2-3 minutes / larger 3-4 minutes) gives the best results.

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SHIMEJII

LATIN Hypsizygus tessullatus
NL Beukenzwam (wit en bruin)
EN Beech mushroom (white and brown)
FR Champignon d'hêtre (blanc et brun)
DE Buchenpilz (weiß und braun)
ES Shimejii (blanco y marrón)
SEASON Year round
HIGH SEASON Year round
ORIGIN EU / Asia
SORTING In bundles

The taste is very pleasant and nutty. Also of decorative value in countless dishes. The beech mushroom does not lose moisture during preparation and therefore retains its shape. Remains nice and crispy in short cooking.

In principle, cleaning does not have to be done. Only remove the bottom piece of the stem. You store them best in the refrigerator and on the substrate.

Beech mushrooms grow in bundles. In nature on beeches in particular and originates in East Asia. In Japan a popular mushroom ('Shimejii'). The cultivated white beech mushroom grows in the dark. For both the white and brown Shimejii, it is better not to eat them raw; the mushroom is poorly digestible and has a bitter taste. This disappears completely after heating.

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SPARASSIS

LATIN Sparassis crispa
NL Grote sponszwam
EN Cauliflower fungus
FR Clavaire crépue ou Chou-fleur
DE Krause Glucke oder Fette Henne
ES Seta coliflor o Clavaria rizada
SEASON year round
HIGH SEASON year round
ORIGIN EU
SORTING Mixed sizes

You can eat Cauliflower mushrooms best when they are young, firm and white to yellow in color. The meat is firm and elastic to crispy and in Latin it's called the 'Sparassis crispa'. The smell is wonderfully sweet. The taste is nice spicy and clearly mushroom, nutty and with a hint of nutmeg.

Despite their distinct appearance, you can prepare them like any mushroom. Special attention however for cleaning. Due to the special structure, the Cauliflower mushroom can sometimes have some sand between the slats. No problem !! First cut them into pieces of the same size and then rinse under running water. Immediately pat dry and ready !!

The Cauliflower mushroom is fairly common in the wild in Europe and North America. With us from August to November. Grows on thick, deep underground stumps of old pines. Thanks its Dutch name ('Large sponge mushroom') to the resemblance with an old-fashioned bath sponge.