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Wild Mushrooms - How to distinguish foraged from farmed? [Moved from San Francisco Bay Area board]

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Wild Mushrooms - How to distinguish foraged from farmed? [Moved from San Francisco Bay Area board]

alpinegroove | Dec 9, 2011 07:12 PM

I went to the store today to purchase some wild mushrooms, preferably organic. I am new to specialty mushrooms and the following questions came up:

1. Is there a way to distinguish at the store between foraged wild mushrooms and ones grown on a farm? I saw a few that were markedly dirtier (golden chanterelles, pig ears, matsutake); they had signs of dirt and other natural matter one would expect to find in a forest. Most other mushrooms there looked very clean and I suspect were farmed.

Is there a way to distinguish? Is one preferred of the other?

2. Do foraged wild mushrooms grow completely naturally or are they processed in any way? In other words, are foraged wild mushrooms necessarily organic?

3. Do mushroom "farmers" grow "wild" mushrooms in forests, or do they grow naturally and found by foragers? I am talking about mushrooms available at stores, not a small farmers market stall.

Thanks!

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