Smithy is a family-run business with three generations currently working on our Lancashire farm.
We follow the wild mushroom season and autumn is a fantastic time for UK varieties. We supply Tesco with five tonnes of shiitake, oyster and girolle a week. Our wild packs contain up to three varieties so customers can sample all the different flavours and textures Mother Nature has brought us.
Tesco has supported us growing fresh shiitake mushrooms for more than 15 years. For a long time, it was the only supermarket to stock British shiitake, making it our best-selling product.
We replicate forest conditions in the growing rooms, which are where our exotic varieties are produced. Once the spawn has taken, we simply introduce fresh air, light and humidity. The mushrooms start to appear about 10 days later.
I sometimes forage on holiday and I drove my wife mad when we were in Wales by going for ‘romantic’ walks in the woods, which usually ended up at the most likely spot for wild mushrooms. However, I wouldn’t recommend anyone picking their own wild mushrooms unless they were accompanied by an expert.
It’s hard to pick a favourite as they all taste fantastic, but I must say the Scottish girolle season brings a smile to my face each year.
I like to eat mine on toast, pan-fried in a little coconut oil with fresh ginger, shallots and a glug of fresh cream – absolutely wonderful.
Make the most of mushrooms this autumn and rustle up the gorgeous, warming Chicken and mushroom ramen.
As featured in Tesco Magazine October 2015.