Mushrooms, Maesymeillion, Llandysul, Ceredigion, Wales, SA44 4NG.
tel: 0845 4581258 / 01545 590467 e-mail:
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
. The entire process is certified as organic by the
Our fresh mushrooms
are sold through
, and are used in local
hotels and restaurants
judges said they were excellent quality"
and had "a good shiitake taste"
well as "Woody - good flavours - great raw and cooked"
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.
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
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.
|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
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
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
... Vegetarian umami heaven!
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.
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???
Maesyffin Mushrooms' shiitake are grown organically in Wales
using locally-sourced woodchip and sawdust substrates. |
(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
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.
|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 CHARGE CHANGES. April 2013 -
I'm really sorry, but as Royal Mail have chosen to make large increases
in their postal charges I have no choice but to pass them on to
you, my customers. I wish we didn't have to help Royal Mail make
their business more attractive to privatisation, but that's the
way it seems to be. My apologies - Gary, Maesyffin Mushrooms
DRIED ORGANIC SHIITAKE
* includes UK p&p
Ceredigion, Wales, SA44 4NG.
01545 590467 / 0845 4581258
DID YOU KNOW?
It takes around 1kg of fresh shiitake to produce 100g of dried shiitake.
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
|One cup of dried mushrooms soaked with one cup of boiling
water produces around one and a half cups of mushrooms.
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)
Sally W (Manchester)
my way through the mushrooms I bought ... delicious. I will
be in touch for more as soon as they run out.
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,
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.
* includes UK p&p
Ceredigion, Wales, SA44 4NG.
01545 590467 / 0845 4581258
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
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
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.
only available for sale to UK addresses.
*Please note each block weighs around
which is why P&P is expensive.
INTERESTING. EDUCATIONAL. DELICIOUS!
Please be aware that blocks
will need to be opened
|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.
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.
ORGANIC LION'S MANE MUSHROOM
|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.
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
Available as both dried mushrooms and powder-filled capsules.
Sorry - No dried Lion's
Mane mushrooms are available at the moment.
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.
shiitake keep well in a paper bag in the fridge.
Dried shiitake have a very long
a more concentrated, smoky flavour.
Wild Shiitake only grow in Asia,
so any shiitake in 'Wild Mushroom' mixes are either imported
Farm Shop, Sarnau
Mango Wholefoods, Cardigan
• Dion's, Aberaeron
Mulberry Bush, Lampeter
Organic Fresh Food Co., Lampeter
• Carrot Cruncher, Newcastle
• Wright's Food Shop & Cafe, Nantgaredig
• Glebelands Market Garden, St Dogmaels
People's Market, Victoria Hall, Lampeter 2nd & 4th Saturdays
HOTELS & RESTAURANTS
Mansion Hotel, Lampeter
• The 25 Mile, Cardigan
Bodies - Mushroom Extracts
Fungus - Small-scale mushroom growing
Soil Association - UK Organic Certification
Taste Of Wales - Food Awards
Range Review - find more local food
Barn - reconnecting customers with local producers
Food Map - We're on C4's Big Food Map!
Green Guide - the directory for planet-friendly living
Perfecti - Paul Stamet's pioneering company
Futures - Recycling Coffee into Mushrooms!
(Wikipedia) • Shiitake
Mane (Wikipedia) • Lion's
Mane (Google Search)
Properties Of Mushrooms - informative article
SHIITAKE MUSHROOM EXTRACT
Shiitake mushrooms remain in the vanguard of beneficial mushrooms
and their safety is well established, given the popularity of this
shiitake are used in Fruiting
- The Healing Mushroom, Kenneth
Medicinal Mushrooms: Ancient Remedies For Modern
, 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.
extracts (made & sold by Fruiting
are produced using only the dried fungus, alcohol and water.
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
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
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
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
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.
More Than 70 Inspiring Recipes
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.
An Exploration Of Tradition,
Healing & Culture
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 (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.
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, with Selected Recipes from
Vince Viverito (Editor), Marjorie Young (Editor)
Mycomedicinals: An Informational Treatise On Mushrooms
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
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.
Mushroom Cookbook: Recipes for White and Exotic Varieties
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 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
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
A great 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.