Mushrooms are not true plants. Instead, they belong to the kingdom of fungi. Mushrooms flourish in many different environments. Mushrooms like boletes and truffles require a living tree to grow, while button mushrooms thrive in decomposing vegetation and manure. Mushrooms are an incredibly popular ingredient due to their full, meaty flavour and their ability to beautifully enhance many different dishes.
Basic techniques: frying, stir-frying, blanching, steaming, flambéing, deep-frying, gratineeing, grilling, caramelising, marinating, slicing raw, stewing, braising, stuffing.
Taste combinations: bacon, ham on the bone, coq au vin, crème fraîche, vegetable omelette, garlic butter, herb butter, parmesan, fried potato, braised rice, pea, sweet pepper, spring onion, spinach, shallot, chives, tarragon.