Gourmet Mushroom Gifts Start with Organic Seed

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Gourmet Mushroom Products' mushroom kits are a unique holiday gift. A wonderful surprise for the gourmand, a budding scientist or favorite gardener, the logs are grown indoors at room temperature, create no mess, and only take up about 6 square inches of space. Kids and adults alike will enjoy watching their mushrooms sprout and grow - then eating them.

Shiitake Mushroom Log

Shiitake Mushroom Kit

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Gourmet Mushroom Products (GMHP) is pleased to announce that spawn (seed) used to start our mushroom logs is Certified 100% Organic by Quality Assurance International and that all components of GMHP Mushroom Kits are recyclable as are all materials used to pack & ship the kits.

Gourmet Mushroom Products offers Shiitake, Trumpet Royale ™, Pom Pom Blanc, Sonoma Brown™, and Blue Oyster Mushroom Kits for the Holidays. A perfect gift, GMHP’s kits allow you to grow fresh mushrooms almost anywhere in your own home. Just open an all-inclusive kit, add water and watch the mushrooms grow over a period of 4-14 days. Patricia Lehnhardt enthuses in Urban Farm magazine that "Mushroom kits are easy to use and low maintenance..."

GMHP’s indoor mushrooms logs start with Certified Organic seed, are easy to use and guaranteed able to produce. Chef Bob Engel who has presented classes on mushroom cookery to the Culinary Institute of America and the COPIA American Center of Food and Wine says, "Exotic mushrooms are the newest addition to the chef's palette. Exotic mushrooms have a natural savory character -- what chefs call umami -- which blends easily into a wide range of dishes." GMHP’s mushroom logs are specifically designed for in-home use, but produce the same top-quality fresh gourmet mushrooms used at many of the country’s finest restaurants.

GMHP’s Mushroom logs are produced through methods that integrate cultural, biological, and mechanical practices that foster cycling of resources, promote ecological balance, and conserve biodiversity.

Shiitake is a star when it comes to versatility. This dark brown mushroom, with caps ranging in size from 2 to 4 inches, is the most widely consumed mushroom in Asia. It has been cultivated there for centuries. Its earthy fragrance and meaty texture enhances a wide variety of dishes since the results are beautiful whether they are sautéed, broiled, baked, grilled, stir fried, or sliced thin and used in salads. Shiitake mushrooms have traditionally been used to add complexity to stews or soups, and the stems create deeply flavorful stocks. Shiitake may also be stuffed and broiled.

Trumpet Royale ™ has a wonderful nutty flavor, a resilient firm texture and eats like a steak. Unlike many mushrooms, the stem has the same superb flavor and porcini-like texture as the cap - nothing is wasted. Different aspects of its subtle, aromatic flavor will emerge depending on the style of preparation. Trumpet Royale ™ can be sautéed, grilled, braised, stewed or broiled, and its savory richness is emphasized by high-heat cooking.

Pom Pom Blanc, also called Hericium, Lion's Mane or Beard mushroom, forms pure white, finely toothed round mushrooms which have always been a rare, prized find in the woods. This mushroom has a very firm texture and a flavor reminiscent of fresh crab meat. This mushroom is fantastic with fresh vegetables, as tempura or can complement anything from a white sauce to a marinade. When baked whole Pom Pom Blanc makes a dramatic garnish or an unique appetizer. The feathery condition is best preserved by brushing with melted butter and baking in a very hot oven for 3-5 minutes. It is also delicious shredded and tossed into hot seafood pasta.

Sonoma Brown™ is an extremely vigorous mushroom discovered in Sonoma County, California; Sonoma Brown™ Mushroom Kits often start to produce mushrooms within a week of being set up. This dark brown mushroom has a firm texture when cooked and a "meaty" or oyster-like flavor which will add both texture and zest to most sauces or dishes.

Blue Oyster mushroom has a strong visual appeal. Clusters of the blue-gray caps are contrasted against creamy white stems. The texture follows with a silky feel to the palate. They are an excellent accompaniment to fish or poultry dishes. These mushrooms should be cooked in a hot, fast method such as sautéing, grilling, or flash broiling. Brush these Oysters with olive oil, sprinkle with herbs and then bake in a hot oven for 2 to 3 minutes; when served in clusters, they make a wonderful appetizer. The mildly shellfish-flavored mushrooms are delicious when bunches are dipped in a light batter and prepared tempura style.

Web Special. Gourmet’s Delight includes four Mushroom Kits: Morel Mushrooms, Shiitake Mushrooms, Oyster Mushrooms, Pom Pom Blanc Mushrooms.

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