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THIS IS WHAT WE CAN LOOK FORWARD TO THE FIRST THREE MONTHS OF 2011 from the Wild:
*Fresh Black Winter Truffles:
Will be in their peak ripeness from mid January to mid to end of March. Either from France or Spain.
The best ones, Northern Californian, have started. Season could last beyond March, if we are lucky.
The Oregon season is almost over, but all the rain and snow in Northern California is promising a good season from mid January hopefully through March.
This variety is much larger than the Oregonian, but they are very aromatic and good tasting. Best for slicing etc, due to sometimes can be as large as a head of broccoli.
*Hedgehogs (Pied de mouton):
Until end of March or beyond.
The small variety (about 1" diameter caps). A great substitute for small button chanterelles, which will not be available until the ones from Morocco will come (February). The hedgehogs pleasant fruity mildly sweet taste makes it compatible to same foods/dishes as the chanterelles.
*Yellow foot chanterelles:
Available mid to end of March.
Also a good substitute for small/button chanterelles.
Same flavor as the regular chanterelles minus the apricot flavor. In other words not as sweet. Since they are naturally pretty wet, ours are always fan dried to hopefully perfect moisture content.
**All our fresh cultivated mushrooms, fresh Heart of palm and lilybulbs are as always available.
Availability 9/14/10 week and beyond:
CALL US AT 914-682-7288 FOR MORE INFO.
OREGON MUSHROOM SEASON IS IN FULL FORCE!
WILD MUSHROOMS FOR PHOTOS, SEE BELOW
Prices are dropping. Quality is excellent. Should be around at least until mid December and often until mid March (from California January to March).
Safe to put on your menus.
~Premium: 1 - 2 inch "buttons" (younger mushrooms with a cap shaped more like a shiitake as opposed to more developed ones that are vase or funnel shaped).
~Mixed: All sizes. Not as picture perfect as the Premium, but all nice and usable.
~White Chanterelles: In the chanterelle family, but a different species. More meaty and a bit peppery taste. White inside only, since they turn yellow/golden real fast after picked.
~HEDGEHOGS (French name: Pied De Mouton):
Should be available from Europe until early to mid December, when usually the domestic season starts and lasts until mid to end of March.
Safe to put on you menus.
Good supply from Oregon. Should be available until early to mid October.
Safe to put on your menus.
We only buy the small/medium firm and drier ones that have no bugs in them.
Safran or green apples bring out the flavor in these, according to one of our customers.
Should be around until early December. Prices may go up in October, depending on the demand from Japan.
This week we have the small #1 shaped (tight drop shaped unopened caps). In a week or two we should get the more open, cheaper ones.
NOT IN STOCK, BUT POTENTIALLY AVAILABLE:
CAULIFLOWER (Oregon) Starting soon and available in limited quantities until early December.
BLACK TRUMPETS (Europe) Should come soon. Hopefully available until December, when the domestic season should start.
YELLOWFOOT CHANTERELLES (Europe): Same as Black Trumpets.
PORCINI: European season potentially now until end of November.
The domestic season is usually early/mid October until early November.
~Mountain variety. Sweeter. Look more like a blueberry. Near end of the season.
~Coastal variety. Season just started. Should be available until early November.
Safe to put on the menu.
SEABEANS. WILD: Near the end of the season.
AVALABILITY WEEK JUNE 21nd AND BEYOND:
~Chanterelles: Good supply of small - medium ones from Bulgaria. Nice, yellow, clean, aromatic, perfect moisture content with an excellent aroma and flavor. Should continue coming in from Europe through August until the Oregon season starts.
~Morels: Good strong supply of "Burn Morels" , from an area,which had a forest fire last year, which makes them insect free. The "Grey Morels are starting. They have the best flavor of all morels, no insects, firm with a very good shelflife.
May be around until mid-August depending on the weather.
~Mousserons: Excellent quality and very clean. Hopefully available a couple of more weeks.
~PORCINIS: EXCELLENT. AS GOOD AS THEY GET! From our best picker . Northern California. 2-3" diameter. Split.Should be available at least 2-3 more weeks, depending on the weather.
~Ovolos: May be avilable next week. Stay tuned.
ALL OUR CULTIVATED MUSHROOMS ARE AVAILABLE WITH A GOOD SUPPLY.
~Garlic Scapes. Excellent. Certified organic. Very local (Westchester). Good availability for several more weeks.
~Ramp bulbs. Sold out until next week, when we will have new ones from Michigan. Wild.
~Seabeans: Good supply from Oregon all summer. Wild
~Nettles: Near end of season. Spotty supply. Wild.
~Fresh Green Almonds: We still have a good supply.
~Hearts of palm: Good supply yearround.
Coldpressed. Unrefined. This gives it a good interesting flavor. Certified Organic by NOFA-NY and a Pride of New York item. Local: From Cazenovia, New York.
Perfect for salads, dipping, saute'ing, baking, and soups. Smoke point 350F.
~Morels. We have very beautiful ones all week from Oregon.
Still a slow start, due to cold weather and snow over much of the areas, but it
is warming up and supply should increase and price should drop.
The season should last at least until mid-June. They could be around as late
as mid- August.
~Porcinis. We may have for Tuesday delivery from South Africa, if all goes well.
Limited quantities. This may be the last of the season from S. Africa.
The Oregon season should start now in May, which is their usual season.
The weather decides.
~Mousserons. We have a good supply. Excellent quality. Clean and dry. Should be easy
to clean. From Bulgaria. Normally available until end of June.
~St. George's. (Scientific name: Tricholoma Georgii. Not related at all to Mousserons.)
Similar flavor to Canary or Charbonnier: Nutty / freshly ground flower.
Mild. Pleasant. Also from Bulgaria and potentially around until end of
~Chanterelles / Girolles. Finally back for Thursday delivery, if all goes well. (We
have stayed away from the Moroccan, since the quality has been very
low and the shelf life too short.) From Bulgaria. Very small: 1/2 inch to
1 inch long. Have been washed and fandried.
Season: Should be around all summer from Europe and then from Oregon
and the Westcoast. Usually uninterrupted from now until mid to late
~Summer Truffles. First of the season from France for Tuesday delivery.
Season should last until end of August/early September.
Cultivated Mushrooms: Available yearround, except for some rare growing problems.
Unfortunately that is the case for Pioppinos, which are not available at least through Wednesday. Also Nebrodinis/Abalone from California are short.
~Fiddlehead Ferns. We have excellent ones from Maine available until early June.
~Ramps. From Michigan. Probably the last of the season. However, we will have the
bulbs in a few weeks. Wild.
~Rhubarb. Very local. (Westchester). Available a few more weeks. Organic.
~Nettle Tops. Westchester and Oregon. Available to mid to late June. Wild.
~Fresh Green Almonds: California. Available until end of July.
~White Asparagus: France. Available until end of June.
~Hearts Of Palm: Yearround. Fresh. Just brined shortly for staying white.
From Panama. Organic.
Hans showing us Chicken of the Woods mushrooms up close in the wild, and tells us a little about finding them, choosing the tastiest ones and how to prepare them.
Our objective is to provide you, our customers with:
1: A growing resource guide with pictures and descriptions of our mushrooms and other specialties we distribute.
2: Our blog, which will have:
a) market and availability info
b) current shipments description
c) recipes and more. We hope you will find it useful.
Be sure to check out our Seasonal Availability charts and check back for our product descriptions.