Fancy fungus among us Around Town, posted by Editor, Mountain View Voice Online, on May 14, 2012 at 10:50 am
Most companies would avoid describing their products as ugly. But Far West Fungi has some fun with its sometimes alien-looking products, selling "ugly shiitake baskets" filled with misshapen mushrooms at farmers markets across the Bay Area.
Read the full story here Web Link posted Monday, May 14, 2012, 10:43 AM
Posted by MV Resident, a resident of the Jackson Park neighborhood, on May 14, 2012 at 10:50 am
The "ugly shiitakes" are a bargain and indeed they taste the same as the pretty ones. Some of the caps are quite large and it is these that I often end up drying (they acquire a smokier flavor once dried and rehydrated). Some of the larger stems are rather chewy, however I usually clip them off and toss into a freezer ziplock bag for future use in making stock. No waste, you should be able to use every single ounce of these wonderful mushrooms.
A wonderful stand at a really great farmers market!