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The 2022 market season opens on April 16 and runs until December. This year, we are focusing on the following mushrooms:
Shiitake – high umami plus medicinal properties.
Maitake, or Hen of the Woods – this difficult-to-grow mushroom is tasty and medicinal
Blue Oyster – the perennial favorite mushroom flavor
White Elm Oyster – similar to Blue Oyster but a little more savory
Pink Oyster – The ‘Stinky Pink’ attracts great attention because of it’s bacon-like flavor when cooked up crispy in bacon. Yes, that fishy smell is normal when it is raw and fresh.
Lion’s Mane – this unique mushroom is very tasty (with a hint of lobster aftertaste) and powerfully medicinal.
Pioppino – An Italian favorite for Pasta con Funghi. Americans love it with a cream sauce. Umami yummy
King Oyster – in the cooler parts of the year, this meaty mushroom goes good on the grill or ‘scallop sliced’ in the skillet.
Black Pearl Oyster – this delectable mushroom almost has it all – meaty but tender, great flavor and texture and you can eat all of the stem! But it prefers cooler weather so supplies tend to fall off in July, August and September.
Medicinal mushrooms include Reishi (Ganoderma Lucidum), Cordyceps (Cordyceps Militaris) and Turkey Tail (Trametes Versicolor). Do some quick internet searches on these mushrooms and prepare to be amazed. Did you know that the Shiitake and Lion’s Mane mushrooms are also very medicinal? It is true. Both possess immune system modulation capabilities and a lot more!
Come on out to the Overland Park Farmers Market on Saturday mornings from 7:30 to 1PM to get some of the these. Just ask for the Mushroom Man and one of the staff will point us out.