Out of the dark
 
Exotics by South

About Out of the Dark Mushrooms

From humble beginnings in Hunua in 2009, Out of the Dark Mushrooms has been a family endeavour, inspired by founder Phil Matheson’s world travels where he first saw Oyster mushrooms being grown on coffee grounds.

Although Phil started by growing the Oyster mushrooms he had seen in the States, Portobellos also proved to be an important staple in the first few years while kiwis cottoned on to the more ‘gourmet’ mushroom varieties.

Persevering with growing not only the long stemmed, delicate and versatile Oyster mushrooms but also the rich, textured, smoky Shiitake and the mild, sweet Enoki varieties, Out of the Dark Mushrooms outgrew their Hunua facilities and began farming at two sites in 2013 – one in Mt Roskill and the other in Kumeu.

The next move in 2018 saw the entire farming side move to glasshouses in Otahuhu with the office remaining in Takanini. Plans are now underway to develop a purpose-built mushroom farming facility.

Today Out of the Dark Mushrooms is producing about a tonne of mushrooms per week and supplies about 60% of that to top restaurants such as Cocoro, Sid@the French Cafe and Amano. They also supply to My Food Bag and have most recently launched into supermarkets.

“It’s not too many years since kiwis viewed mushrooms with a bit of suspicion,” says Phil.  “But today, with global travel commonplace, people are experiencing – and enjoying – new tastes, textures and flavours abroad.  This is impacting on the food scene here. We’re more experimental and open to new foods as is evidenced on supermarket shelves.”

 

Mushroom Varieties

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Shiitake Mushrooms

A mushroom native to Asia, the Shiitake is an edible fungus which naturally grows in forests. Shiitake mushrooms are the second most common edible mushrooms. Extracts from the mushroom, as well as dried whole mushrooms, are used for medicinal purposes.

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Shiitake Mushrooms

A mushroom native to Asia, the Shiitake is an edible fungus which naturally grows in forests. Shiitake mushrooms are the second most common edible mushrooms. Extracts from the mushroom, as well as dried whole mushrooms, are used for medicinal purposes.

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Oyster Mushrooms

Fresh Oyster mushrooms emerge in supermarkets and farmer’s markets beside our affable but less-expensive common mushroom. Cultured Oyster mushrooms are not only sweet but versatile, because they can be used as a subtle flavoring agent in many ways. The caps of these mushrooms could be gray, blue, yellow, pink, or white. So these are also known as designer mushrooms. The stems are tender and tasty. The cultivated variety also has a fruity aroma.

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Oyster Mushrooms

Fresh Oyster mushrooms emerge in supermarkets and farmer’s markets beside our affable but less-expensive common mushroom. Cultured Oyster mushrooms are not only sweet but versatile, because they can be used as a subtle flavoring agent in many ways. The caps of these mushrooms could be gray, blue, yellow, pink, or white. So these are also known as designer mushrooms. The stems are tender and tasty. The cultivated variety also has a fruity aroma.

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Portobello - Field Mushrooms

Agaricus campestris which is renowned as the field mushroom is recognized as meadow mushroom in North America. It is associated with the cultivated button mushroom Agaricus bisporus and is a widely used gilled mushroom.

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Portobello - Field Mushrooms

Agaricus campestris which is renowned as the field mushroom is recognized as meadow mushroom in North America. It is associated with the cultivated button mushroom Agaricus bisporus and is a widely used gilled mushroom.

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Recipes

Shiitake Mushroom Risotto - Serves 6  

Shiitake Mushroom Risotto - Serves 6  

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Shiitake Mushroom Risotto - Serves 6  

Shiitake Mushroom Risotto - Serves 6  

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Mushrooms and Bok Choy with Oyster sauce - Serves 4

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Mushrooms and Bok Choy with Oyster sauce - Serves 4
Mushrooms and Bok Choy with Oyster sauce - Serves 4

Mushrooms and Bok Choy with Oyster sauce - Serves 4

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Maison Jar Shiitake Ramen Miso

Maison Jar Shiitake Ramen Miso

This recipe was pulled from the Saucerer's archives, and it is a fantastic take on a Southeast Asian curry. Substitute the chicken with a firm tofu if you like. You can add a little chicken or vegetable stock if you prefer a wetter curry.

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Maison Jar Shiitake Ramen Miso

Maison Jar Shiitake Ramen Miso

This recipe was pulled from the Saucerer's archives, and it is a fantastic take on a Southeast Asian curry. Substitute the chicken with a firm tofu if you like. You can add a little chicken or vegetable stock if you prefer a wetter curry.

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Gallery

Sean Connolly visits Out of the Dark Mushrooms

Sean Connolly visits Out of the Dark Mushrooms

Oyster and Shiitake Mushrooms on logs

Oyster mushrooms packaged

Oyster mushrooms packaged

Enoki mushrooms packaged

Enoki mushrooms packaged

Shitake mushrooms packaged

Shitake mushrooms packaged

Enoki mushrooms packaged

Enoki mushrooms packaged

Enoki

Enoki Mushrooms growing in jars

Enoki

Enoki Mushrooms

Shiitake

Oyster and Shiitake Mushrooms - growing room

Mushrooms

Shiitake, Oyster and Enoki Mushrooms Also featuring 'Aromatics' Wine Barrel Smoked Mushrooms

Oyster

Oyster Mushrooms

Oyster

Oyster Mushrooms

Oyster

Oyster Mushrooms

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Growing room - Oyster Mushrooms

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Oyster and Shiitake logs

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Oyster and Shiitake logs

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Shiitake growing on logs

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Enoki mushrooms ready for picking

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Enoki mushrooms

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Oyster and Shiitake growing room

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Oyster and Shiitake logs

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Oyster and Shiitake logs

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Oyster and Shiitake logs

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Takanini 2112

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