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Fancy fungus among us

Original post made on May 14, 2012

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.

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Posted by MV Resident
a resident of Jackson Park
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!