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Fresh Hen of The Woods mushrooms in metro area?

silverlakebodhisattva Jun 18, 2012 05:21 PM

Where can I get 'em? Can they be had for something less than king's ransom?

  1. soniabegonia Jun 21, 2012 11:07 AM

    i see these all the time now at korean markets in individual packages. used to be pretty rare but now they are just part of the regular stock. try HK market, Galleria, K-town plaza market, to name a few. Shimeji (i've seen both white & brown varieties) is also readily available in the same little packages. they go for about $1.49.

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    1. re: soniabegonia
      silverlakebodhisattva Jun 21, 2012 03:53 PM

      Found 'em at HK! NOw, to see if I and the Pup can figure out the BLT recipe (which doesn't look that tough) and impress my wife!

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      FED Jun 21, 2012 10:31 AM

      they are the same as maitake and there's a big very modern cultivator of them down in north san diego county. you can get them very easily, and very cheaply, at marukai, mitsuwa or 99 ranch.

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        foodiemahoodie Jun 18, 2012 08:06 PM

        I'm not sure where the Metro area is (downtown?). But I've seen them at Mitsuwa. Maybe there's one near you?

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        1. re: foodiemahoodie
          ozhead Jun 19, 2012 12:27 AM

          If by "metro area" the OP means "the Los Angeles metropolitan area": "The metropolitan area is defined by the Office of Management and Budget as the Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana metropolitan statistical area, consisting of Los Angeles and Orange counties" [Wikipedia. One must always take Wikipedia with anywhere between a grain and a mine of salt, but this particular cite is annotated and appears to be accurate.]

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          Bert Jun 18, 2012 06:07 PM

          Hen of the Woods and Maitake are the same. You can get them really cheaply at an 99 Ranch market. They're packed individually, and a large 4-oz mushroom is $2 , which works out to $8/lb.

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            ozhead Jun 18, 2012 06:05 PM

            If by "fresh" you mean "not dried" (as opposed to "picked yesterday"), 99 Ranch. At about 1/3 the cost of the lafungi folks, and every bit as good.

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              AAQjr Jun 18, 2012 05:51 PM

              Try http://www.lafunghi.com/ who come to some farmers markets.

              1. Dommy Jun 18, 2012 05:34 PM

                I'd love to know too...

                But they are similar to Maitake mushrooms, which I get from Tradewind Mushrooms at the Mar Vista Farmers market or Mitsuwa.


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                1. re: Dommy
                  will47 Jun 18, 2012 06:03 PM

                  I think they are exactly maitake. Cultivated, packaged maitake are available at most Chinese and Japanese supermarkets in the LA area.

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