You may know Seven Oaks Ranch for their Garlic Gold products. But did you know they sell more than just garlic at the Ojai Certified Farmers’ Market? For the last few Sundays they’ve had fresh, local chanterelle mushrooms for sale. Greg Prinz is holding one in the photo above. Here is a close up of this beautiful ten-inch tall yellow fungus.
Chanterelle mushrooms are a good source of protein and fiber in addition to containing a substantial amount of B vitamins, copper and other minerals. Sugar-free, one cup of raw mushrooms has about 20 calories. Perhaps best of all, this mushroom goes well with in a variety of vegetarian recipes or stands alone as a side dish.
Here’s a simple recipe that takes advantage of the wonderful flavor of this mushroom:
1 tablespoon butter
2 shallots (chopped)
1 clove garlic (minced - or purchase one of the Garlic Gold products)
6 ounces Chanterelle mushrooms (cleaned and sliced)
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup dry sherry
Juice of 1 lemon (plus zest)
1 handful of parsley (chopped)
salt and pepper to taste
Melt the butter in a pan on medium-low. Add the shallots and saute until tender, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and saute for another minute. Add the mushrooms and salt and saute until the mushrooms have released their moisture and have cooked down. Add the sherry and cook until it has evaporated and the mushrooms have caramelized. Add the lemon juice, zest and parsley and saute for a brief minute. Season to taste with salt and pepper and enjoy!
For more information on Chanterelle mushrooms, visit Greg at the Ojai Certified Farmers’ Market every Sunday, rain or shine. Click here to visit the Seven Oaks Ranch website.