True Taste Of Wales Food Awards Soil Association Maesyffin Mushrooms - growers of award-winning Organic Shiitake Mushrooms
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Maesyffin Mushrooms, Maesymeillion, Llandysul, Ceredigion, Wales, SA44 4NG.
tel: 0845 4581258 / 01545 590467         e-mail: enquiries@maesymush.co.uk
Maesyffin Mushrooms have been growing their award-winning organic Shiitake mushrooms in rural West Wales since 2003. The mushrooms grow on fruiting blocks made mainly from locally-sourced oak and are cultivated in a system developed by Humungus Fungus. The entire process is certified as organic by the UK Soil Association.

Our fresh mushrooms are sold through local retailers, and are used in local hotels and restaurants.

The True Taste judges said they were excellent quality" and had "a good shiitake taste", as well as "Woody - good flavours - great raw and cooked".

 
And the Winner is
TRUE TASTE of WALES
Food & Drink Awards 2010/11

On November 11th 2010 Maesyffin Mushrooms' Fresh Organic Shiitake Mushrooms won a Gold True Taste Speciality Product award and Bronze in the Organic Product category to add to their 2008 True Taste Speciality Product (Healthy Options) Winner's award and Commended awards for 2006 and 2007.


SUSTAINABILITY - At Maesyffin Mushrooms we grow all our mushrooms organically (certified by The Soil Association), using locally-sourced materials wherever possible. Which means that we grow our spawn on organic grains, and our mushrooms on wood chip we have made ourselves from local hardwood 'brash' (from tree trimmings and hedge cuttings which would otherwise just be burned on site). Our sawdust is mainly oak and is a waste product from local woodcrafting workshops. The organic bran we use is locally-produced at Felin Ganol water mill at Llanrhystud. Our electricity is 100% green energy from Ecotricity and local deliveries are powered by self-made biodiesel from locally-sourced used cooking oil.

NUTRITION

Shiitake are a good source of protein, potassium, phosphorus and C & D vitamins as well as selenium & zinc and other essential trace elements. They also contains all the essential amino acids.

Culinary Uses
Shiitake is very popular in China and Japan, where the majority of the world’s shiitake are grown and consumed.


It is a leading source of the Umami (or "deliciousness") Taste, especially when dried.


Shiitake works well with red meats in particular, but also chicken and other meats, vegetables and eggs. The stems should be kept as they are full of goodness and flavour and can be used for a highly nutritious soup stock or used in pâtés or mushroom roasts.


Shiitake can be added to casseroles, quiches, bread and other baked items, as well as used in traditional and modern Asian recipes.


Oh, and they are great fried slowly and served on toast. And then there's shiitake 'bacon' ... Vegetarian umami heaven!
 
SHIITAKE is the second most cultivated mushroom in the world and the most popular of the "exotic" mushrooms. As well as being tasty and nutrituous, shiitake has proven health benefits, such as helping to reduce cholesterol levels, boost immune function and anti-viral & anti-bacterial actions.

RECIPE LINKS
  Humungus Fungus   UKTVFood   BBC Food
  BBC Good Food Delia Online Mitobi.com

UK GROWN? You may have seen this on fresh mushrooms - but what does it mean? That the mushrooms are grown in the UK? Well, yes. But did you know that the mushrooms could have been grown on substrates imported from another country - most likely China? The fruiting blocks are made on an industrial scale - using Chinese materials & Chinese labour - and then transported in shipping containers to the UK, where they are unloaded, put into growing rooms and fruited to produce mushrooms. UK grown, certainly, but UK produced???

SHIITAKE CULTIVATION
Maesyffin Mushrooms' shiitake are grown organically in Wales using locally-sourced woodchip and sawdust substrates.
 
Shiitake (or Chinese Mushrooms) have been cultivated on hardwood logs for centuries, but it can be an unpredictable business - usually taking more than a year before fruiting, and then only in spring and autumn if the logs are kept in natural conditions outdoors.

Fortunately, shiitake can be grown all year round on artificial 'logs' made from wood chippings and sawdust.

The sawdust comes from clean mill waste and planings, and the chippings are made from small oak and other hardwood branches.

From inoculation to fruiting takes 8-14 weeks and each fruiting block can produce more than one flush of mushrooms.

Once spent, the block may be broken up and used as a substrate for growing other mushrooms, composted, or burned in wood burners or bio-mass boilers to provide heat.

Buy a shiitake fruiting block


CONTRARY to popular belief, Shiitake, like most mushrooms, need light to grow, as well as a reasonable amount of humidity and temperature to grow in abundance.

POSTAL CHARGES, April 2014. Well, they've done it again! Royal Mail have put their prices up, so I've had to increase my prices too. My apologies - Gary, Maesyffin Mushrooms.

DRIED ORGANIC SHIITAKE




Dried Baby Shiitake


Dried Whole Shiitake


Dried Sliced Shiitake
* includes UK p&p

Cheques to:
Maesyffin Mushrooms,
Maesymeillion, Llandysul,
Ceredigion, Wales, SA44 4NG.

01545 590467 / 0845 4581258
e-mail:sales@maesymush.co.uk
 
DID YOU KNOW?
It takes around 1kg of fresh shiitake to produce 100g of dried shiitake.
Dried Organic Shiitake - Baby, Whole & Sliced

Dried Shiitake can be reconstituted by soaking them in hot water
for 20-30 minutes. Or try them as they are for an instant savoury snack!


One cup of dried mushrooms soaked with one cup of boiling water produces around one and a half cups of mushrooms.

‘The quality of your mushrooms - we used them for Sushi - was absolutely outstanding. I haven't found a quality like this in any supermarket or organic food store since!’
Chris K (Germany)
  ‘Your dried shiitake
are delicious!
Sally W (Manchester)
  ‘Working my way through the mushrooms I bought ... delicious. I will be in touch for more as soon as they run out.
Gary (Cornwall)

ORGANIC SHIITAKE PÂTÉ

A smooth pâté containing at least 33% organic shiitake mushrooms. Nut,
gluten, animal and yeast-free. Suitable for vegans and vegetarians.



WHAT'S IN IT? Dried shiitake (33%), red lentils, onion, carrot, sunflower seeds, brown rice flour, sunflower oil, sea salt*, lemon juice, garlic, pepper, celery seeds, thyme, parsley, palm oil, maltodextrin, mace, turmeric, bay leaf, lovage (all organically-produced, except*)
 
100g jars of nut, gluten, animal & yeast-free pâté made with award-winning organically-grown shiitake mushrooms.

Sealed and cooked in the jar for an ambient shelf-life is at least 10 months .

Available by mail order as well as from local retail outlets.

Wholesale enquiries welcome.

Organic Shiitake Pate
* includes UK p&p

Cheques to:
Maesyffin Mushrooms,
Maesymeillion, Llandysul,
Ceredigion, Wales, SA44 4NG.

01545 590467 / 0845 4581258
e-mail:sales@maesymush.co.uk

FRESH SHIITAKE are available by post - please get in touch for prices and availability.


ORGANIC FRUITING BLOCKS


Pick your own fresh shiitake mushrooms from an organically-produced “Fruiting Block”. Each block is pre-inoculated with spawn and has been incubated for between 8 and 12 weeks until it is on the point of producing its first crop of tasty shiitake mushrooms.

After a little resting, your block can continue producing more mushrooms over the next few months. Instructions on how to care for your fruiting block are included.

Shiitake Fruiting Block
(inc UK 1st Class P&P)*




Shiitake Fruiting Block
(inc UK 1st Class Recorded P&P)*


Blocks are only available for sale to UK addresses.

*Please note each block weighs around 2kg,
which is why P&P is expensive.
 
INTERESTING. EDUCATIONAL. DELICIOUS!
Grow your own Shiitake mushrooms
Grow your own shiitake mushrooms at home from one of our ready-to-grow fruiting blocks. These are the same blocks we grow our own fresh shiitake from.

Please be aware that blocks will need to be opened
within 2 days of despatch as mushrooms will be triggered
to grow by the movement of being shipped. Please bear this
in mind if you are ordering a block as a gift.


DRIED ORGANIC LION'S MANE MUSHROOMOrganic Shiitake Mushroom Pate
Lion's Mane is a bearded tooth mushroom which grows in the UK on dead trees and is now legally protected from collection in the wild. Thankfully, it can be cultivated, as it makes a tasty culinary treat, said to taste like lobster when cooked in butter. It also has a high protein content, contains a variety of polysaccharides and Vitamin D2.
 
Lion's Mane (Hericium erinaceus)
Grown organically in Wales

As well as its culinary properties, Lion's Mane has a reputation for both its memory and immune system support.

Our organic Lion's Mane mushrooms are grown on locally-gathered hardwood substrates.


Available as both dried mushrooms and powder-filled capsules.


Sorry - No dried Lion's Mane mushrooms are available at the moment.

Lion's Mane Capsules
(includes UK P&P)




Vegetarian size 0 capsules containing an average of 400mg pure organically-grown dried Lion's Mane mushroom powder per capsule.

A word about packaging: Our fresh mushrooms are sold in brown paper bags, never in plastic boxes! Our dried mushrooms are packed in either cellophane or plastic bags. Shiitake pate is in recyclable glass jars. Any carrier bags used are biodegradable. Wherever practical, recyled packing materials are used for posting out orders (for example fruiting blocks) - this helps reduce both waste and costs.

LINKS
Culinary & Nutrition Cultivation Organic Shiitake Extract Dried Organic Shiitake - Baby, Whole & Sliced Organic Shiitake Mushroom Pate  

Fresh shiitake keep well in a paper bag in the fridge.

Dried shiitake have a very long shelf-life and
a more concentrated, smoky flavour.

Wild Shiitake only grow in Asia, so any shiitake in 'Wild Mushroom' mixes are either imported or cultivated.
 
LOCAL RETAILERS include:
Llwynhelyg Farm Shop, Sarnau
Aardvark Wholefoods, Carmarthen
Go Mango Wholefoods, Cardigan
The Treehouse, Aberystwyth
Dion's, Aberaeron
The Mulberry Bush, Lampeter
The Organic Fresh Food Co., Lampeter
Carrot Cruncher, Newcastle Emlyn
Wright's Food Shop & Cafe, Nantgaredig
Glebelands Market Garden, St Dogmaels


MARKETS
People's Market, Victoria Hall, Lampeter 2nd & 4th Saturdays


HOTELS & RESTAURANTS
Falcondale Mansion Hotel, Lampeter
The 25 Mile, Cardigan
The Daffodil, Penrhiwllan
The Harbourmaster, Aberaeron
Con Passionata, Carmarthen
Slice, Swansea



USEFUL LINKS
Fruiting Bodies - Mushroom Extracts
Humungus Fungus - Small-scale mushroom growing
The Soil Association - UK Organic Certification
True Taste Of Wales - Food Awards
Free Range Review - find more local food
Big Barn - reconnecting customers with local producers
Big Food Map - We're on C4's Big Food Map!
The Green Guide - the directory for planet-friendly living
Fungi Perfecti - Paul Stamet's pioneering company

Fungi Futures - Recycling Coffee into Mushrooms!
• Shiitake (Wikipedia)Shiitake (Google Search)
• Lion's Mane (Wikipedia)Lion's Mane (Google Search)
Nutritional Properties Of Mushrooms - informative article


MUSHROOM EXTRACTS

SHIITAKE MUSHROOM EXTRACT
Shiitake mushrooms remain in the vanguard of beneficial mushrooms and their safety is well established, given the popularity of this culinary favourite.



Maesyffin Mushrooms' organic shiitake are used in Fruiting Bodies' mushroom extracts.




REFERENCES

Medicinal Mushrooms, Christopher Hobbs, 1986

Mycomedicinals, Paul Stamets, 2002


Shiitake - The Healing Mushroom, Kenneth Jones, 1995

Medicinal Mushrooms: Ancient Remedies For Modern Ailments, Georges Halpern MD

Part of the traditional medicinal armoury of China and Japan for many centuries, the healing properties of fungi are now being recognised by Western healers and practitioners.
 
These mushroom extracts (made & sold by Fruiting Bodies)
are produced using only the dried fungus, alcohol and water.
Organic Mushroom Extracts from Fruiting Bodies
FRUITING BODIES' range of mushroom extracts is based on single species or blends of complementary fungi.


Some further reading ...
 
Like to know more..?
Mushroom Feasts: 100 Fabulous Dishes Making the Most of Wild and Bought Mushrooms - Steven Wheeler
Mushroom Feasts: 100 Fabulous Dishes Making the Most of Wild and Bought Mushrooms Steven Wheeler

This delightfully illustrated book opens with an introduction that covers the culinary qualities of over 30 wild and cultivated varieties of mushroom, as well as essential preparation and preserving techniques. With over 90 suggestions on how to incorporate the morning's harvest into hearty breakfasts, warming soups and broths, and all manner of meat, poultry, game, fish, shellfish & vegetarian dishes for every kind of culinary occasion.
Shiitake: The Healing Mushroom - Kenneth Jones
Shiitake:  The Healing Mushroom
Kenneth Jones

Shiitake is one of the most highly prized foods in Oriental cuisine, lending its rich, caramel-like flavor to seasonings, sauces, soups, even carbonated drinks and candies. Yet few aficionados of this gourmet delicacy are aware of its high nutritional value or of its important role in traditional Chinese medicine and in the modern search for botanical remedies. Traditionally classified as a food that activates the blood, shiitake has been used as a folk treatment for colds, measles, and bronchial inflammations. Shiitake: The Healing Mushroom takes a lively tour of the healing properties of one of the world's most delicious foods.
The Complete Mushroom Book: The Quiet Hunt - Antonio Carluccio
The Complete Mushroom Book:
The Quiet Hunt
Antonio Carluccio

Known as "the mushroom man", Antonio Carluccio has been collecting, cooking and devising recipes for mushrooms for over 60 years. Here he draws on his knowledge and expertise to bring together over 100 recipes that make the most of readily available mushrooms.
Medicinal Mushrooms: Ancient Remedies For Modern Ailments - Georges Halpern & Andrew Miller
Medicinal Mushrooms: Ancient Remedies For Modern Ailments
Georges Halpern & Andrew Miller

Mushrooms have been found in human culture for thousands of years. They have been used as a medicine since the very beginning, but in the past fifty years several major advancements in medicine have come from mushroom and other fungi, including the most famous of all, penicillin. This book explores mushroom history, as well as their possible uses in the future.

Mushrooms: More Than 70 Inspiring Recipes - (Conran Octopus Cookery)
Mushrooms:
More Than 70 Inspiring Recipes
Jacqueline Malouf

With over 70 recipes this is the complete guide to cooking with all varieties of mushrooms - from shitake and oyster to crimini and porcini. Mushrooms demystifies these delicious ingredients and shows how they can be used in everything from Vegetable Tempura with Sweet Mirin Soy Sauce, to a Wild Mushroom Open Lasagne. You'll discover how all types of mushrooms can transform your cooking.
Medicinal Mushroom:
An Exploration Of Tradition,
Healing & Culture

Christopher Hobbs

Medicinal Mushrooms is a modern handbook for exploring and understanding the rich traditions of healing fungi in Eastern and Western cultures. Author Christopher Hobbs thoroughly documents and details the nutritional and health benefits of over 100 species of edible fungi. Medicinal Mushrooms is the most complete work on the cultural, health-promoting, and medicinal uses of mushrooms ever published!
Peter Jordan's Wild Mushroom Bible - Peter Jordan, Steven Wheeler
Peter Jordan's Wild Mushroom Bible (with Steven Wheeler)

With over 600 colour photographs, this guide introduces the many different types of mushrooms, both edible and poisonous. In addition to identifying and describing a variety of different mushrooms, the book also includes valuable information such as where to collect mushrooms and how to store them. It also offers a range of recipes from mushroom pancakes and croissants to mushroom souffles and gravy, for anyone looking to explore the culinary variety made possible by savoury mushrooms.
Mycelium Running - Paul Stamets
Mycelium Running
Paul Stamets

A groundbreaking manual for saving the world through mushroom cultivation! The science goes like this: fine filaments of living cells called mycelium, the fruit of which are mushrooms, already cover large areas of land around the world. As the mycelium grows, it silently breaks down plant and animal debris, recycling carbon, nitrogen and other essential elements in the creation of new soil. Read all about the newest trend in environmental science in Mycelium Running.
From Duff to Dinner: A Gourmet's Guide to Mushroom Cookery
From Duff to Dinner:
A Gourmet's Guide to Mushroom Cookery, with Selected Recipes from Master Chefs
Vince Viverito (Editor), Marjorie Young (Editor)
Mycomedicinals: An Informational Treatise On Mushrooms - Paul Stamets
Mycomedicinals: An Informational Treatise On Mushrooms
Paul Stamets

Written by a mycologist and mushroom cultivator with more than 20 years of experience in the field, this full-color resource guide describes and documents the health benefits of 17 different species of mushrooms.

Paul Stamets has been a dedicated mycologist for over twenty years. Over this time, he has discovered and coauthored four new species of mushrooms, and pioneered countless techniques in the field of edible and medicinal mushroom cultivation.
From Duff to Dinner: A Gourmet's Guide to Mushroom Cookery
Mushroom Cookbook: Recipes for White and Exotic Varieties
Mimi Brodeur

More than 60 great recipes with mushrooms as the main ingredient. Information on history, varieties, and nutritional value is included. Features recipes for appetizers, soups, sandwiches, side dishes and entrees. Learn how to clean, store and prepare. Recipes include Mediterranean Mushroom Bruschetta, Mushroom Vegetable Soup, Chicken Mushroom Fajitas, Penne Mushroom Vegetable Pasta and much more.
From Another Kingdom - Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh
From Another Kingdom
Royal Botanical Gardens Edinburgh

Fungi play a crucial role in supporting life on Earth, and we humans benefit directly through an array of fungal products, including foods and medicines. This book explores our relationship with fungi and our complex cultural attitudes towards them. Chapters include fungal biology, chemistry, cultivation, foraging and conservation. There is also a recipe section.

Written for the non-specialist, and making full use of the extraordinary diversity and beauty of fungi through stunning images, this book provides a fascinating introduction to a group of organisms whose lifestyle means they remain largely out of sight, overlooked and forgotten. The reality is that there is much for which fungi should be thanked.
Mushrooms
Roger Phillips

The culmination of over thirty years' work, this authoritative and superbly illustrated reference work is packed with the most up-to-date information and original photographs. This book is clear, user friendly and will appeal to a wide range of readers.

'A masterpiece of identification.' David Bellamy
Fascinated by Fungi
Pat O'Reilly

A great new book exploring the majesty and mystery, facts and fantasy of the quirkiest kingdom of life on earth.

Fascinated by Fungi is an easy-to-follow introduction to a complex and largely unexplored kingdom of life and the history, mystery, facts and fiction born out of the fascinating foibles of mushrooms, toadstools and other fungi.


 
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