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looking for honey mushrooms

Kasia Dec 31, 2003 05:28 PM

Has anyone seen these in any Toronto markets? A number of Toronto chefs use them, but I have not been able to find them anywhere. The flavour is similar to porcini but they are much smaller.

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    Nyleve RE: Kasia Jan 2, 2004 01:33 PM

    I'm not sure exactly what type of mushroom you're referring to, but there is a wild mushroom that is sometimes called a honey mushroom (Armillaria mellea, I think). It would be very completely out of season right now - it grows wild in Ontario in late summer and early fall. I don't think they've been cultivated so you might be out of luck. There's another type of mushroom which is sometimes called Ontario Pine Mushroom (Tricholoma Terreum) that is sold at the St. Lawrence market in the fall. I have gone out picking with the "Mushroom Lady" who gathers these things. They're small and greyish - and very delicious. These are also out of season so you'll have to wait until next October.
    Most of the "wild" mushrooms that are readily available are really cultivated versions of that mushroom. Oysters, shitakes, portobellos - they're grown in mushroom farms. I think someone is working on a way to cultivate morels, but so far it has not been successful. And I don't think porcinis have been cultivated either, but I do know where you can find them in the fall.

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      Kasia RE: Nyleve Jan 3, 2004 09:23 AM

      Thanks so much for both of the replies - very helpful.

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      estufarian RE: Kasia Jan 2, 2004 03:09 PM

      I've seen them at The Harvest Wagon (yonge just south of the Summerhill LCBO) - but not cheap. Their selection varies seasonally but they bring them in from the West Coast, so the season is longer. Call them to check.

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        female chef RE: estufarian Jan 14, 2004 10:44 PM

        If you are looking for honey mushrooms, I can
        get them for you from one of my suppliers but they come in a case.

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          aileen RE: estufarian Feb 1, 2004 01:12 AM

          You can find them at the Harvest Wagon on Yonge or the one at Eglinton and Ave Rd. They are available and are also known as Chantrelles.
          Harvest Wagon too (416)487-0388

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