Magical Mushrooms

July 9th, 2015

This month we turn our attention to the magical world of mushrooms. At the top of the garden, next to the nursery, is our mushroom cellar. In this controlled environment our garden team grows flavourful mushrooms for the restaurants on the farm. We currently have three varieties in the mushroom cellar: shiitake, for its distinctive umami flavour, grey oyster mushrooms for its mild flavour and velvety texture, and pink oyster mushrooms for its subtle aniseed palate.

A mixture of our cultivated, as well as some exotic mushrooms, make their appearance on Babel’s winter menu; the mint butter grilled mushrooms with deliciously rich cauliflower & parsnip mash, Dalewood farmhouse cheese, shaved kohlrabi and roasted hazelnut salt, is a must try.

Babylonstoren Mushroom dish

Dan and Cynthia, who tied the knot here on the farm in early April, were quite a daring duo when it came to their wedding celebration, and embraced our garden team’s offbeat ideas. Gundula dreamed up a unique mushroom bouquet for Cynthia, and beautiful boutonnieres for Dan and his groomsmen.

Babylonstoren wedding - mushroom bouquet

Photo: Mushroom Bouquet Jenni Le Grange

In the spirit of all things mushroom, we’re sharing this dead easy and eye-catching seared oyster mushroom recipe. You’ll find it on p.31 of our cookbook.

Seared Mushrooms Babel Cookbook


Don’t overcook or over-flavour these beauties – their taste is fragile and earthy and the texture should be soft and delicate.

  1. In a large, warm saucepan, flash-fry oyster mushrooms for 30 seconds on each side in a little butter.
  2. Remove from heat and add fresh lemon juice. Season to taste with salt and black pepper, and shaved Parmesan.
  3. Drizzle with extra virgin olive oil to taste. Serve with a chunk of baguette to mop up the juices, and wash down with our Mourvédre Rosé.


  1. Bridget McDowall says:

    Alice in Wonderland comes to mind!
    I will be in Cape Town in August and Babylonstoren will be first on my list. I can’t wait………

  2. Cecelle says:

    Amazing bouquet – delicate I would imagine.

  3. Tanya Coetzee says:


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