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Far West Fungi—It’s a fungi feast for the eyes, nose, and mouth

in From the Mobile App, Local and Slow Food

Far West Fungi, photo © chippee via Creative Commons

Porcini, Crimini, Shiitaki, Nameko,
Maitake, Shimeji, Manzanita Boletes …

The names of these mushrooms sound like a song, and the folks at Far West Fungi know how to sing it. Owners John and Toby Garrone have supplied mushrooms to Bay Area farmers’ markets for more than 25 years, and their Ferry Building store is a gorgeous fungi showcase.

You’ll find as many as 42 different varieties of ‘shrooms here: fresh, dried, marinated, powdered; wild and cultivated; locally grown and imported from around the world; made into patés, sauces, dressings, oils, mustards, and medicinal products. Check out their famous truffle salt (perfect for gourmet popcorn) and grow-your-own mini mushroom farms.

The knowledgeable shopkeepers can suggest recipes and provide cooking instructions, and also offer mushroom cookbooks, posters, and foraging guides.

Did you know: The San Francisco Board of Supervisors proclaimed John Garrone to be San Francisco’s “Official Mushroom Man.”

Did you know: Europe’s biggest mushroom growth covers an area approximately equivalent to 100 football fields.

Mushrooms DemystifiedMushroom mania: I know from experience: once you begin exploring the wonderful world of fungi, you are quite likely to be drawn deeper and deeper into the forest — perhaps you will never find your way out. Take along Mushrooms Demystified by David Arora: At a recent meeting of the San Francisco Mycological Society, it was recommended to me as the essential field guide to mushrooms.

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