This is a polyculture patch to PLATE dish if ever there was one!! Wine Cap mushrooms are growing in the straw mulching the tomato bed = a polyculture, which is a mixture of different plants growing together that benefit each other – in this case, fungi— wine cap mushrooms’ superpower is to enhance soil nutrients.
It is true – I am as much a plant garden nerd as a food nerd & this bed set my pulse racing as I wandered into Meeting House Farm’s biodynamic garden one morning to discover this flush. We picked 7 lbs | 3 kg of mushrooms to eat and 3 times as many to be mixed with compost for a new garden bed – this was just one flush, and we could see that there was more soon to bloom.
These mushrooms were so abundant and beautiful that it felt like a privilege for farmer Emily & I to bear witness to and harvest.
From polyculture bed to kitchen bench, I created this luscious and straightforward dish for our lunch; the oven does most of the work for you. You can use any mushrooms you like – portobellos would be the closest store-bought version of a wine cap.