Mushrooms - Enoki (250g Pre-Packed)
Originating just below the snow-line in the mountains of Japan, enoki mushrooms have a mild, fruity flavour and a crisp texture – they're a great way to add dimension and complexity to your salad or stir fry.
How do we make sure we provide top quality enoki mushrooms?
There's no rule-of-thumb for selecting specialty mushrooms - they don't have the uniform appearance of the buttons, cups or flats. The criteria we use to make sure we supply you with top quality enoki mushroom is: they must be a good cream colour, broad, dry to the touch, with firm skin, and a fresh, earthy aroma. We apply these criteria meticulously, meaning you get top quality enoki mushrooms, every time.
Where do we source our enoki mushrooms from?
Mushrooms are not actually vegetables - they're a fungus! They don't have roots, leaves, flowers or seeds. They also don't grow through the usual process of photosynthesis; they need an external food source to stimulate growth. They are grown in specially constructed dark sheds, on plenty of organic matter so the mushrooms can grow. The best Victorian enoki mushroom growers operate around Mernda (in the northern regions of Melbourne), and we source most of our enoki mushrooms from there.
What is the best way to keep enoki mushrooms?
Enoki mushrooms store best in the fridge in the packaging they're supplied in. Make sure you re-seal them if you only use a few at a time; be sure to store them for no more than a few days; and keep an eye for indications of decay (such as discolouration, opening of caps, lengthening of stalks and a general softening and withering of the surfaces) – use them immediately if any of these signs appear.
Enoki mushrooms nutritional information
Enoki mushrooms contain a polysaccharide known as flammulin, which has been linked to the prevention of cancer (Japanese researchers have linked the abnormally low rate of cancer among residents of Nagano to the high intake of enoki mushrooms in the Naganoan diet). Enoki mushrooms have also been linked to a strengthening of the immune system, and are believed to have cholesterol lowering capabilities.
Enoki mushrooms serving tips and suggestions
Enoki mushrooms are versatile and can be served raw (in sandwiches and salads), or cooked in soups and stir-fries. They are particularly attractive in Japanese dishes. Enoki mushrooms are sold in clusters, so it is best to separate them and trim the base before you use the stems and caps. Slight cooking renders the nutrient load more accessible to the body.