The Curry Mushroom
Those of you with a penchant for curry may find the so called "curry mushroom" a must have in your storecupboards.
Thee small brown curry scented milkcap, Lactarius camphoratus, is to be collected and sold commercially by Wildfoods a Scottish company specialising in foods gathered from the wild.
Liz Walsh, director Wildfoods, said:
"We believe we are the first company to sell the curry-scented milk-cap commercially. It is a fascinating natural food that really does smell and taste of curry and grows alongside many other mushrooms in the wonderful forests we have here in Scotland.
We strongly believe there could be an excellent market for it out there among food lovers."
Wildfoods believes that the curry mushroom has many potential uses eg; vegetable curries, a spicy condiment or to add heat to risotto.
Wildfoods will sell the curry mushrooms at £10 for 250 grams.
The curry mushroom has a strong smell and has a taste that brings to mind coriander, cumin, turmeric, ginger and chilli. I would suggest that it may be cheaper to use those ingredients directly, rather than buy the mushroom.