OWP digs up cool products for the truffle and mushroom enthusiast
1 - Jack Czarnecki recommends: “Mushrooms Demystified” by David Arora
Simply the best and most complete mushroom field guide and reference book, “Mushrooms Demystified,” includes descriptions and keys to more than 2,000 species of mushrooms, with more than 950 photographs, plus chapters on terminology, classification, habitats, cookery, toxins, and more. The perfect companion for amateur and experienced mushroom hunters alike. Search for this title at your favorite bookstore or online bookseller.
2 - The Joel Palmer House Oregon White Truffle Oil
From Jack Czarnecki’s kitchen, at the Joel Palmer House in Dayton, comes the first all-natural truffle oil produced in the U.S. Made entirely from wild Oregon white truffles, this unique product with its rich, sumptuous flavor and aroma will enhance your personal larder with a truly unique culinary treasure.
$29.99 (5 oz.); $14.99 (2 oz.); www.oregontruffleoil.com
3 - MyCO2 Kits
If digging in the dirt in not your thing, how about growing mushrooms at home? MyCO2 Grow kits from Fungivore Mushrooms feature a patent-pending design invented by mycologists and made in-house at Cascadia Mushrooms. The design enables the kit to be inoculated at home without opening the bag or needing any equipment. Varieties: Reishi (Grow Kit); Oyster (Bloom Kit).
4 - Wineforest Mushroom Alchemy
All who try this elixir become quickly addicted. Use this exquisite and complex mushroom pixie dust on everything from eggs to steaks and chops. The umami properties of the various mushrooms and seasonings within this savory blend add gusto to a variety of dishes and soups. A tiny amount results in culinary magic.
$15 (2 oz.); www.wineforest.com
5 - Moonstruck Savory Truffles
Moonstruck’s creativity never disappoints, especially when it comes to innovative recipes and charming design. These mushroom-shaped savory chocolate truffles take inspiration from the fresh ingredients of the Pacific Northwest. Flavors include: Tomato and Basil, Porcini and Chili Bacon, and Fig and Hot Curry.
$20 (9 pieces); www.moonstruckchocolate.com
6 - Terrafunga French Serpette Knife
Knives designed specifically for mushroom collecting are a must for any forager. One that doesn’t cost a fortune is also a good idea, as any forager can attest: You will lose it if not careful. A good foraging knife is essential in preventing damage to the hidden mycelium from which the mushroom grows. This value priced folding knife has a broadly curved blade and is perfect for the novice forager.