Last month, I attended the California Small Farm Conference in San Diego California. We had the opportunity to visit some local farms and farmers markets on our field courses. One particular farmer’s market vender, ‘Edible Alchemy’ had a product that intrigued. This was mushroom jerky. They did not offer samples so my curiosity made this purchase. Here is the ingredient list: Mixed San Diego County mushrooms (may contain beach, oyster, king trumpet, crimini, shitake) Brags liquid Aminos, sesame seed oil, apple cider vinegar, balsamic vinegar, filtered water, onion powder, garlic powder, molasses, allspice, cayenne, and liquid smoke. I assume that after a marinating period the mushrooms are dehydrated like conventional jerky.
The package was opened and it was time to sample this unique product. It had similar properties as meat based jerky. It was chewy but not tough. The long ingredient list melded together to create pleasant flavors. I tasted onions, garlic and possibly a little sweetness from the vinegars and molasses. The finish was of a mushroom umami experience that made you crave more. Liquid smoke is listed as an ingredient but my palette did not detect its presence. This product makes for a nice little snack. Is it jerky? Sure, why not. It still is just dehydrated flavored mushrooms.