The first new mushroom variety to be launched in 30 years is to go on sale across the UK tomorrow. Called Forestiere, the new mushroom is also sweeter than traditional varieties and when it is cooked its colour doesn’t run out like with other mushroom varieties. The Forestiere was developed by Monaghan Mushrooms in conjunction with Sylvan, the world’s largest spawn manufacturer.
Tesco mushroom buyer Simon Mandelbaum said, “Unlike other mushrooms the Forestiere does not seep out its colour when being cooked so by using them in dishes like mushroom risotto they won’t turn out with a tinge of brown.”
Work began in 2006 and three strains were of mushroom were identified as the best possibilities to develop a new variety. Monaghan Mushrooms group marketing manager Stephen Allen said, “We developed the Forestiere mushroom because we wanted to discover a mushroom that offered customers a new taste experience and gave them something new.
“Mushrooms lovers and aficionados had said to us over the years that nothing came close to the taste of a freshly picked field mushroom. When we started the project we set out to discover a new mushroom that had all the taste and flavour of a field mushroom yet at the same time looked familiar, was very versatile and could be used in a wide variety of foods.”
Forestiere mushrooms will be available in 400 Tesco stores across the UK.