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Djon djon mushrooms?

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bear Jan 9, 2013 01:07 PM

A friend is adopting a child from Haiti and is interesting in giving him foods from home. She would like to buy some dried Haitian black mushrooms, djon dhon mushrooms I believe, to make a classic rice dish.

Any thoughts on sources convenient to Acton or Waltham? Thanks. She'd prefer not to go the online ordering route.

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  1. Prav RE: bear Jan 9, 2013 08:39 PM

    Perhaps she could call one of the many Haitian restaurants (http://bit.ly/13jXqpo) in Boston - to either ask where they get it, or to see if they would be willing to sell her some? I think many use a finely pulverized desiccated version of it.

    I know Highland Creole Cuisine and Sunrise only serve djon djon rice on the weekends, as it is a time consuming dish to make (though delicious).

    You may not be able to find anything in Acton or Waltham. Dorchester, Somerville and Mattapan are the areas that have large Haitian populations in the Boston metro area.

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      bear RE: Prav Jan 10, 2013 03:36 AM

      Thanks, Prav. The restaurants are probably the best bet. She's a skilled home cook and willing to put the time into the dish, so it's worth seeking out.

      I also just remembered that there is a Haitian church in Waltham that she has been in contact with for her new son, and they may be able to steer her toward a source. If they do, I'll post.

    2. HungryMack RE: bear Jan 10, 2013 04:54 AM

      Tropical Foods in Roxbury should have it.

      1. StriperGuy RE: bear Jan 10, 2013 08:18 AM

        There is a little Haitian Grocery Store about to open on Moody St. in Waltham, there was a lot of activity inside and stuff on the shelves, I might just go knock on the window...

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          bear RE: StriperGuy Jan 10, 2013 01:08 PM

          Wow, Striper, that's awesome news and great timing. Post your thoughts, of course, if you make it there. My friend will be really pleased.

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          deglazer RE: bear Jan 11, 2013 02:22 PM

          Not exactly convenient but they have them currently at Columbia Market, at the corner of Columbia and Harvard near Central Sq. It's a small market with mostly Haitian and Jamaican products, with a bit of Mexican and Central American.

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            bear RE: deglazer Jan 14, 2013 10:35 AM

            Thanks, deglazer. I'm in Cambridge often enough that it would be easy for me to pick some up for her. Do you know if they are expensive?

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              deglazer RE: bear Jan 15, 2013 05:04 AM

              I think they were $5 for a small bag, like a sandwich bag half full. Don't know what it computes to per ounce, but I'd guess it's more like the price for expensive dried mushrooms like porcini, rather than the cheaper ones like standard grade shittake.

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            Imsashafierce RE: bear Jan 15, 2014 05:07 AM

            Dkk variety 293 crescent street Waltham 781-891-0770. The woman that works there can also give tips on how to cook as well!

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              bear RE: Imsashafierce Jan 15, 2014 05:14 AM

              Thanks so much! I'll check it out and pass the info on to my friend.

            2. BlakeGumprecht RE: bear Jan 15, 2014 06:59 AM

              Tropical Foods in Roxbury has them, but I have also purchased them at a small Haitian market called J&R Enterprises, 200 Salem Street, Malden, and preferred the ones they sell. The ones at Tropical Foods have to be discarded after being cooked, but the main part of the mushrooms on the ones I bought at J&R did not. They also produced a much tastier dish.

              I would also highly recommend this recipe for making Riz au djon djon: http://dailymade.wordpress.com/tag/di.... I've used it multiple times and the results have been absolutely delish.

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