Today we’re featuring Back to the Roots Ventures’ mushroom kits, and we’re feeling hungry! Sure, these kits look like a lot of fun for kids. But we adults are pretty excited about them, too! Oyster mushrooms are beautiful AND delicious. Since we're showing you how to grow mushrooms (with the help of Back to the Roots), we thought it'd be helpful if we also shared some mushroom recipes (more on that in a second!).
Just when the founders of Back to the Roots, Alex and Nik, thought they were headed off to careers in consulting and investment banking, they came up with the idea to create kits that allow all of us to be farmers in our own kitchens. They took their oyster mushrooms to Slow Food International’s Vice President Alice Waters at Chez Panisse, and the rest is history. Nowadays, Alex and Nik are full-time farmers who have inspired us to garden in our own kitchens.
We did a bit of research to learn about how nutritious these mushrooms are:
•Oyster mushrooms are rich in vitamin C, niacin, folic acid, and potassium. They also contain most of the mineral salts required by our bodies.
•Along with eight different amino acids and some B vitamins, oyster mushrooms provide high amounts of protein as well as essential fatty acids and minerals. They’re also a good source of fiber.
•Oyster mushrooms have been used in the treatment and prevention of infections, hyperlipidemia, diabetes, obesity, heart disease, hyperacidity, constipation, cancer, blood pressure, and hypertension.
You get at least two crops out of each mushroom kit from BTTR Ventures, so that’s at least two pounds of mushrooms! The best way to eat them is to remove them from your garden and cook with them immediately. However, if you need to store them, just place your untrimmed, unwashed mushrooms in a shallow dish. Then cover the dish lightly with a dampened paper towel and refrigerate it. Do not seal the mushrooms in plastic, and do not rinse or wash them until you’re ready to cook with them.
Oyster mushrooms are delicious raw or cooked. To bring out their flavor, just sauté them with a bit of butter and some diced onions. We think they’re especially delicious in Asian dishes, risottos, and soups. They have a natural affinity for seafood, so try them with your next stir-fry with shrimp or fish.
You can check out some more mushroom recipes from others who are also farming their own food.
And, of course, we’d love to hear from you. Tell us about your favorite ways to eat mushrooms? Feel free to leave below (or link to) your favorite mushroom recipes. We'd love to hear it!