Calvatia gigantea, commonly known as the giant puffball, is a puffball mushroom commonly found in meadows, fields, and deciduous forests usually in late summer and autumn. It is found in temperate areas throughout the world. It is a great substitute for meat, and has been likened in texture and feel to tofu. Similarly, it will take on the flavor of whatever it is cooked with. It also works as a thickening agent, which is great for sauces, or for vegan substitution for dairy in a layered dish like lasagna. So many uses. It can also be dried and powdered.
Mad for Mushrooms is dedicated to the proliferation and learning of wild foods and natural ecosystems. Predominantly foraged, I focus on offering unusual, and wildly delicious foodstuffs for regional chefs and restaurants. Collaboration is essential to the work, outside of foraging and sharing knowledge, I am interested in further product development, and alternative applications of biomimetics.
By participating in Foraged Market, we hope to reach a wider audience, exciting more minds and mouths with nutritionally dense wild food products. The majority of items will be sourced in the forests and hillsides of the Ohio River Valley. However, when indicated, certain items have been successfully wild-grown in my organic, vegan, urban garden to offer a greater variety.
Please visit the shop to see what we hope to discover, and feel free to reach out with any questions.
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