Grey ghosts and slippery jacks
MUSHROOMS from Oberon’s pine forests – including the beautiful silver-white ‘grey ghost’ – are available in-store at Granny Smith Natural Food Market this month. We also have ’slippery jacks’, the wonderful tube-fleshed mushroom with a forward flavour which so complements a cassoulet made with our organic beef chuck steak from Naturally Organic Meats. The slippery jack, Suillus luteus, is endemic in the coniferous forests of Europe and North America and has naturalised in some Australian cool climate pine forests, such as those in the Blue Mountains and Southern Highlands of NSW. In Russia this mushroom is known as maslyata, or ‘buttery one’, and is a delicacy. Melbourne hotel restaurant Royal Saxon serves pizza topped with wild pine and slippery jack mushrooms, gorgonzola cheese, thyme and rocket. Yum! We also have chocolate-gilled portobellos of outstanding quality. All mushrooms that we have available are wild-harvested or conventionally-grown.