Sunday 1 April 2012: pretty in pink
Off to the Farmers Market this morning on a cool and definitely autumn day.
As well as the veggie, fruit, bread, heritage seedling, croissant, pastry, pickle, tea, coffee and fish stalls was the fungi stand with these beauties.
They are Pink Oyster Mushrooms, Pleurotus djamour, also known, appropriately, as Flamingo Oysters. Very fast growing and with an earthy flavour and chewy texture the fungi man recommended them shredded in salads and omelettes or cooked quickly in butter with a little parsley and pepper, and not cut but torn along the gills into strips.
They sell 'grow your own' fungi kits, cream coloured layers of substrate scattered with the fungi spore and with a little water, warm temperature and some tlc, hey presto a daily crop of mushrooms.
Haven't bought a kit yet but a small pack of white and pink oysters with a musical scattering of french horns! That along with some purple beans that turn green with cooking.
Isn't nature wonderful.