Fantastic Fungi

Sunshine on my mushrooms makes me happy

Louie Schwartzberg has been a fervent crusader in the fight against Nature Deficit Disorder. If you follow his company, Moving Art, then you may recognize his recent campaign hashtag: #BeatNDD, the slogan used to bring awareness to the mental and physical health benefits of nature. Science is proving what experience has shown us all along: time spent in nature is one of the best natural healers we have available to us. Continue Reading…

Gratitude Revealed

Foraging the fragrant Matsutake, By Constance Green

This legendary mushroom is probably the greatest barely explored ingredient in the kitchens of western culture. In terms of preciousness, dollars, and demand; only Italian white and Perigord truffles surpass it in the world. The face of any Japanese person to whom I’ve handed a matsutake always looks much like ours when we got our first bicycle. Every single time, with glowing face, they hold the matsutake with great care, lift it to their nose, and inhale deeply with closed eyes. Nothing in the world smells like matsutake. Continue Reading…

Fantastic Fungi Tribe Member Christine Fischer

Discovering the World’s Best-Kept Black Truffle Secrets

Ten years ago most people thought “truffles” were dense, dark chocolate balls that we indulged in for dessert. Looks like this is changing. Culinary enthusiasts have discovered that true truffles come from the earth. And though dense and dark chocolate-y in appearance, their aromas will defy any singular description. Continue Reading…