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Matariki Mushrooms promote and protect native strains and help to make recent scientific discoveries and solutions accessible to more people.
The Ancient Kingdom of Fungi
The fascinating kingdom of fungi is interwoven through our everyday lives. Bread, beer, wine, cheese, coffee and tea are only a few examples of how fungi (yeasts/ferments) are part of our modern lifestyle. The use of fungi, however, is as old as humanity. Here in Aotearoa, our Maori ancestors used mushrooms to make ink for moko (tattoos), as tinder to start a fire or even to transport fire.
Yet, fungi is an abstract topic for many modern people. Even science has reached a better understanding only in the last few decades. One of the outcomes of that is a method called ‘mycoremediation’ – where fungi’s unique ability to break down a seemingly endless variety of chemicals can be utilised to clear contaminated soils of toxins.
Our Precious Taonga
Aotearoa is home to unique strains of fungi which not only taste ‘out of this world’ but may also offer some exciting benefits to our environment and health.
At Matariki Mushrooms our ambition is to promote and protect native strains and to help make these recent scientific discoveries and solutions accessible to more people.
We are dedicated to cultivating the awareness of mushroom lovers, growers and lawmakers to protect our precious taonga.
FAMILY OF FOREST & FUNGI – HE TUKUTUKU TOIORA
Available Now: $35.00
Children’s book: Family of Forest & Fungi
Published in April 2023 by Blue Hand Publications. 51 pages.
A children’s book exploring the kingdom of fungi, with activities including making a spore print, mushroom ink, and even growing your own.
Spaces are provided to write responses to sensory activities, and also te reo vocabulary related to the natural world.
With beautiful watercolour illustrations by well-loved children’s book illustrator Isobel Joy Te Aho-White and translations by Hana Park. By Valetta Sówka.
Matariki Mushroom Recipes
A delicious breakfast recipe that aims to keep the cooking time short using simple ingredients that don’t overwhelm the flavour of the mushrooms.
A delicious combination of Chicken paired with Oyster Mushrooms amongst a flavour medley of poatoes, sundried tomatoes and cabbage.
Delicious mushrooms on toast recipe for a scrumptious and healthy breakfast or snack – great for vegans!
Perfect for a warming lunch or dinner on a wintery day. Serve as an entrée or main, accompanied by fresh bread.
This hearty and filling breakfast can be served on its own, or with accompanying sides for a morning feast! Delicious with fresh bread and butter!
Matariki Mushroom News
Therapeutic Mushroom Magic in New Netflix Docuseries
How To Change Your Mind, TV Miniseries 2022 This docuseries by Michael Pollan presents the newest scientific research on 4 different psychedelic ‘drugs’: psilocybin (a.k.a. “magic” mushrooms), LSD, MDMA (“Ecstasy”) and mescaline cacti, as well as including their cultural and historic background.This is not a new topic of research. In fact, already in the 50s…
Mushroom Magic Interview
A warmly-written article published in Stuff/Nelson Mail outlining our mycoremediation pilot project and workshops in 2021. By journalist Amy Ridout.
Contactless Delivery during Lockdown
Fresh native oyster mushrooms – free delivery to your letterbox As an ‘essential business’ providing fresh local produce, we are operating at all levels of lockdown and are offering contactless delivery in accordance with official COVID-19 safety protocols. FREE CONTACTLESS DELIVERY to Motueka and surrounds, Motueka Valley, Richmond, Stoke and Nelson. This page will be…
Get Inspired by the Fantastic Fungi Film!
Check out this beautiful Gem! Expand your world view and learn about leading edge fungi solutions. (Available to watch on Netflix or online: https://fantasticfungi.com/watch/) From the film’s website: “When so many are struggling for connection, inspiration and hope, Fantastic Fungi brings us together as interconnected creators of our world. Fantastic Fungi, directed by Louie Schwartzberg,…
Mushroom Growing On Logs Wananga
Excerpt from Te Putahitanga o Te Waipounamu blog: Recently Kahutane Whaanga, our Resilience Pouwhakataki, attended a Mushroom Wananga for Matariki Mushrooms where mushrooms were grown on logs. Whānau were encouraged to bring their tamariki and this was normalised by the facilitators also having their tamariki at the wananga. The balance of wahine/tane facilitation was awesome,…
The Importance of Keeping it Native
Mushroom growing has been increasing in popularity. More and more market stalls and online shops sell fresh mushrooms or grow-it-yourself kits and resources using different species. Unfortunately it is widely ignored that often these commercialised strains are imports which are closely related to New Zealand’s native species. One example is the Pink Oyster Mushroom (Pleurotus…