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Blue Foots, Hedge Hogs, and White Elfs may sound like the cast from the Lord of the Rings, but to Tyler Gray they’re rare mushrooms that can bring him lots of cash. Tyler is a mushroom forager and one of the owners of Mikuni Wild Harvest, which is the discerning chef’s connection to the wild edible foods of North America.

The name Mikuni is the fusion of two Japanese words meaning “beautiful forest.” The company is owned by Tyler Gray and Tim and Gord Weighill, also foragers. In the 1980’s, the Weighills made a name for themselves by providing the Japanese speciality market with the highly sought-after Matsutake mushrooms.

These days, it’s a who’s who of chefs buying off the beaten track foods from Mikuni. Chefs like David Chang, Grant Achatz, Masaharu Morimoto, Joel Robuchon, Charlie Trotter, Thomas Keller, Alfred Portale, Bradley Ogden, and Norman Van Aken, just to name a few.

Their products range from wild edibles to Noble bourbon barrel maple syrups to wild caviar and roes. Chef de Cuisine Jason Hall (Gotham Bar and Grill) buys finger limes from Mikuni, which are citrus caviar beads and sell for $40 a 1/2 pint to use for acidity in ceviche.

Most of Mikuni’s products are only available directly through them, but some may be purchased online.

Advice & Tips


When asked about foraging Tyler equated learning to forage to learning to drive. You don’t just get in the car if you don’t know how to drive. Learn from someone with knowledge about wild foods. Otherwise, you may have a low success rate. But it can be an exciting and adventurous experience.

Tips on Cleaning Wild Matsutake Mushrooms:

1. Don’t wash the mushrooms in water.

Tyler Cleaning A Matsutake Mushroom

Photograph by Find. Eat. Drink.

2. If the veil under the cap is still intact, you’ll have less cleaning to do since the veil protects the mushroom from dirt. A mushroom with the veil intact is worth more.

3. Wipe the mushroom with a cloth to remove the dirt.

4. To clean the remaining dirt, take a knife and clean off the layer of dirt.

Tips on Storing Truffles:

1. Although you see truffles stored in rice, it’s not the best storage technique.

2. Truffles are 90% water so their shelf life is very short.

3. Ideally, use fresh truffles as quickly as possible.

4. Store them in a sealed container in a controlled atmosphere. Wrap them in a slightly damp paper towel and you might be able to squeeze two weeks out of a truffle (if you can resist the pungent charms).

5. Chefs buy in-season truffles in one pound increments, so that they don’t have any waste.



You may pay a bit more, but you’re buying the haute couture of food.


Tyler Gray’s recommendations for restaurants and purveyors in Vancouver and New York.


Tyler Gray’s recommendations for restaurants and purveyors in Vancouver and New York.


Photographs courtesy of Mikuni Wild Harvest