By Michele Hatton
The mushroom possesses some surprising characteristics for such a peculiar and almost weightless food. In fact, the largest organism in the world is a mushroom, creeping 3.5 miles underneath the forest floor. The stem and cap which we harvest for food are simply the fruiting of a complex network of underground “mycelium”—the vegetative body.
Jonathan Manning, New Leaf Market Co-op produce manager and assistant manager, appreciates the unique flavor imparted by mushrooms. "No other food has the 'earthy' taste of a mushroom," he says. And the darker the... Read more