Cooking With Wildcrafted Candy Cap Mushrooms

Every wildcrafted meal or herbal medicine begins with a journey into the wild. Farm to Family Ranch is located in the forested mountains of Northern California and we are blessed to have a variety of mushrooms growing here. We are certified by CCOF to wildcraft Oyster Mushrooms, White Chanterelles, Black Trumpets aka Black Chanterelles, Matsutakis, Chicken Of the Woods, and Candy Caps.

Candy Caps tend to grow in mossy areas around ferns.

Many mushrooms and plants are toxic and being knowledgeable is crucial. We use seven identifying factors to identify Candy Caps. These mushrooms are used in ice cream and savory dishes. Candy Caps are said to be aphrodisiacs, as you will emit the odor of maple syrup after eating them and can even taste them on the skin. Some people say they can smell maple syrup in their urine. I, personally, don’t smell it emitted from my skin, or my urine, but when I walk outside and breathe in fresh air.

Candy Caps are a great addition to the Farmacy and a meal.

Candy Caps make a great addition to the Farmacy. They are a great source of protein, fiber, and B vitamins like Thiamine, Riboflavin, and Folate. What a beautiful gift from Mother Earth.

I will be adding these Candy Caps to my pine nut rice dish for the benefit of its flavor and nutritional abundance.

Ingredients: Candy Cap, Pine Nut Rice

1 C rice, 1/2 C chopped onions, 1 C rice, 1/2 C chopped onions, 1/2 T chopped garlic, 3 T pine nuts, Candy Cap mushrooms chopped in 1/2, 2C broth of your choice or water.

Add onions, pine nuts, and seasoning to heated pan.

Heat pan with 1 T olive oil, add onions and pine nuts and season. Sauté until pine nuts are golden and onions are cleared and browning on edges.

Add garlic and candy caps.

Add garlic and candy caps and drizzle with olive oil.

Sauté until fragrant.

Add rice and broth or water.

Once fragrant, add rice, give the pan a shake and add broth. Bring to a boil, lower heat to a simmer, cover fifteen minutes.


Biodiversity of Mother Earth Provides! We are blessed. Pura Vida!

Author: Cathy

I am a micro organic farmer, dedicated to growing healthy soils and ecosystems as a basis for growing nutritionally dense food. Greetings from Farm to Family we are an off-grid homestead that is still connected to civilization and technology... like a “Jetsons” “Little House On the Prairie” fusion. We are all about independence and self sufficiency here on our homestead, yet we are still strongly connected to community and outside resources to obtain and maintain our self sufficiency. We generate our own electricity and have our own water source. We are working towards not working a 9-5 ever again, and the pandemic has been the bomb in our lives that is forcing that reality. Think Globally, Act Locally We created Farm to Family to share the knowledge and skills we have so we may become self sufficient; and hopefully others may follow our lead to self-sufficiency. Our global culture needs a massive life style change that can lead to self-sufficiency of our species. Currently, humans are manipulating Earth’s resources and cycles to a point that our weather patterns have changed, species are going extinct, and ecosystems & biomes are threatened. If we all work separately at our own homes, but together at developing new lifestyles; we can create worldwide change for the better of Earth and all of her inhabitants! Let’s come together as a community of like minded individuals who want new, Earth friendly lifestyles and share our knowledge.

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