Why Use Dried Mushrooms?

It’s simple: dried mushrooms taste good – and are good for you

Dried Mushrooms in the Earthy Delights Dried Mushroom Sampler

Earthy Delights Dried Mushroom Sampler

Dried mushrooms are nothing new. 
In fact, the preservation of fresh mushrooms by drying and their use has a long and colorful history.  For thousands of years, mushrooms have had a special place in the human diet, and for a variety of reasons. Did you know that the famous Iceman, frozen in a glacier in the Alps for over 5,000 years, was carrying a string of dried mushrooms? Then, and almost certainly much earlier, the value of mushrooms as an important source of food and medicine was well known.

It’s clear that in ancient times, fresh mushrooms were used when available, but in many cases they were collected, dried and stored for later use. Even then, it was recognized that fresh mushrooms were not always available during certain seasons.

Today, finding exotic, fresh and flavorful mushrooms of good quality can still be a daunting task.

Part of the problem lies in the seasonality and comparatively short shelf life of fresh mushrooms.  Wild mushrooms, especially, are highly seasonal and, even when in available, may be difficult to find and harvest. Drying not only helps to preserve them, but also makes them more readily available year round. 

Dried Mushrooms vs Fresh Mushrooms

Dried mushrooms can have certain advantages over fresh.  First, they can have a shelf life of a year (or even more) when properly stored. Second, dried mushrooms can be easily reconstituted and can be used in place of fresh mushrooms in most recipes. They’re always ready to go at short notice for any occasion!   And while not all dried mushrooms are better than fresh, many mushroom lovers actually prefer dried wild mushrooms for their excellent taste and concentrated flavors.

Dried mushrooms: exceptional value, easy to store, healthful and delicious!  Who could ask for more?