Thursday, February 15, 2007

.... of things to come

one of my favourite vegetables is mushrooms. i especially like portobello ones, the overgrown agaricus bisporus, and their smaller version, the portobellini.

why are mushrooms so damned expensive? well, as the former site link says .....
Portobellini, a form of the white button mushroom Agaricus bisporus, is grown on compost made of straw, either alone or with an added natural fertilizer. Supplemented with nitrogen in the form of various agricultural wastes such as cottonseed, the compost undergoes physical and chemical changes as organic matter is consumed and heat is released. A considerable amount of straw is needed to create the heat for reactions to occur resulting in the growth of mushrooms. A fairly technical growing process, specific requirements must be met in order to pasteurize and condition the compost that includes specially designed rooms with controlled temperature, humidity and fresh air. Portobellini, portobello, open cap and brown cap mushrooms are all, in fact, the same species, Agaricus bisporus, but different strains and growing times allow the mushroom's distinguishing and differing variations.
so what am i making? details to be added soon ......