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You may recall when we recently posted a link to the Indiegogo campaign of the Himalyan Mushroom Firm, a spawn and culture laboratory and educational resource for #MushroomCultivators in #Nepal. We just received an update from the campaign letting us know that, thanks to donations, they have been able to purchase two new #autoclaves, and to sign a lease on a new facility! If you have a moment, please visit their campaign, and perhaps consider making a donation. Thanks for reading!

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Week 3 of our month-long celebration of #NationalMushroomMonth is dedicated to #MushroomGrowers. While tracking down mushrooms in the wild is a wonderful and rewarding experience for so many people, growing them yourself can be just as fulfilling....and there tend to be a lot fewer mosquitoes.
From small indoor mushroom kits to outdoor beds and inoculated logs, all the way up to sophisticated professional growing operations, learning the tools and the techniques to produce your own gourmet mushrooms can be a labor of love. For many, it can even become a whole new way to put money in your pocket as well as food on your table. Throughout the third week of September, everyone in the U.S. and Canada who places an order with Fungi Perfecti will be entered into a drawing to win a free Pink Oyster Mushroom Patch!

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Our latest weekly drawing winner for #NationalMushroomMonth is Kimberly from Walnut Creek, CA! Congratulations, Kimberly, you've won a free Rite In The Rain All-Weather Field Notebook! We'll be in touch!

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Researchers in #China have discovered a strain of #fungus that rapidly breaks down #plastic

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#MushroomHunting anywhere is not without its risks, but some mushroom foragers will take things to the extreme in order to find the fungi. Be careful out there hunting folks!

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Here's a great #MushroomRecipe for the carb-conscious! Just about any variety of #mushroom would work well.

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#TbT We are busy preparing for our upcoming Stamets Cultivation Seminar at Fungi Perfecti. Hard to believe we have been teaching these intensive courses for over 30 years! Here is Paul discussing grain spawn with Seminar students in 1987. 2018 Seminar dates will be released in October. Please call or email to be added to our early notification list; we tend to sell out of seminar spots quickly!

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Our next FP staff #MushroomRecipe for #NationalMushroomMonth comes from Tristan: #Mushroom Duxelles, a mouthwatering mixture of finely chopped mushrooms, shallots, and herbs.

1 lb Shiitake, Maitake or other gourmet mushrooms - more flavorful mushrooms work best.
4 shallots, finely minced
2 cloves garlic, finely minced
4 tbsp butter
1-2 tbsp parsley or other fresh herb of your choice (thyme, rosemary, sage, etc.)
Olive oil
¾ tsp salt
⅛ tsp freshly ground pepper

Clean the mushrooms and discard stems, if desired. Chop until finely minced (A food processor works quite well if the ingredients are chopped first. Pulse the blade only a few times, stopping before you reach a paste.)
Add a dash of oil and half the butter to a heavy skillet over medium-low heat. Once melted, stir in the garlic and shallots, and cook until softened: about 2-3 minutes. Add mushrooms and ¼ tsp salt; cook, stirring slowly until moisture is reduced and mushrooms have browned slightly. You can raise the heat to medium-high once the mushrooms sweat, but expect this step to take 10-15 minutes. During the last few minutes stir in fresh herbs, ½ tsp salt (more or less, to taste) and cracked pepper, then remove from heat.
Once cool, add to your favorite recipe, or freeze for later use. Duxelles can be used in stuffings (e.g. Beef Wellington), sauces or as a garnish.

Optional additions and substitutions:
-For more “classical” dish with intensified flavor, dehydrated mushrooms can be substituted for fresh. After reconstitution, add both mushrooms and broth to the recipe.
-Substitute olive oil for butter to make a dairy-free dish.
-Substitute onion for shallots if desired.
-To promote a rich flavor and thick texture, add ⅓ cup cream, and/or 1 tbsp sherry, wine or brandy toward the end of the reduction.
-Depending on the main course, complimentary fresh herbs, white wine, Madeira, lemon juice, or even dried fruit (e.g. apricots) and nuts can be added to increase complexity and add texture.

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Week 2 of our #NationalMushroomMonth celebration is dedicated to #MushroomHunters: All over the world, people from all walks of life take to the woods during the Spring and Fall to track down that most wily and rewarding quarry, the wild edible mushroom.

Throughout the second week of September, everyone in the U.S. and Canada who places an order with Fungi Perfecti will be entered into a drawing to win a free Rite in the Rain All-Weather Notebook!
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