A Taste of Ireland: Wild Mushroom hunting in Ireland with Ballyhoura Mountain Mushroom’s, expert forager Mark Cribbin.

A Taste of Ireland: Wild Mushroom hunting in Ireland with Ballyhoura Mountain Mushroom’s, expert forager Mark Cribbin

Hi folks, and welcome to this post featuring Mark Cribbin from husband and wife team Ballyhoura Mountain Mushrooms. In this video we go foraging for Chanterelles (girolles),  Ceps, Hedgehog and winter chanterelle mushrooms. This video I’m pleased to say has won article of the month on the food website Neeach. The fabulous music is by Chicago based Irish Musician Laurence Nugent the track  is called Brauch Na Carrige Baine and is from the album The Windy Gap. His  new Album White Island is available here http://laurencenugent.com/


I also would like to shine a spotlight on Lucy and Mark (Mr & Mrs Shitake) as they produce the best range of mushrooms in the country and I am lucky enough to have access to their produce every weekend. I can assure you I buy the otherwise exotic and hard to find fresh Shitake & Nameko mushrooms almost every weekend as a result of their proximity. This is not a sponsored post, Im writing about them simply because they are two intelligent scientists who produce excellent mushroom products with a knowledge that is second to none on this green island and they deserve it.

Mark Foraging wild Mushrooms
Lucy photographed by me a few years ago.

Ballyhoura Mountain Mushrooms is a company run by Dr Lucy Deegan & Mark Cribbin based in the Ballyhoura Mountains that border the counties of Cork, Limerick & Tipperary in Ireland. Their aim is very simple to grow and supply the finest possible quality speciality mushrooms and mushroom products.

The range of Ballyhoura Mountain Mushrooms available at Farmers Markets in Cork, online and at the Milk Market Limerick.

The business started in 2011, due to a hobby that literally mushroomed itself into a business that now grows in excess of 10 varieties of speciality mushrooms year round. Their mushrooms are predominantly grown on wood substrate and all are grown in the absence of chemicals or pesticides.


They supply their range of cultivated speciality mushrooms & in addition to seasonal wild mushrooms & plants they forage, direct to a wide range of restaurants from Michelin star restaurants to the smallest cafes and also via farmers markets and food festivals to home cooks. As Mark says in the video, these products are available in Harrods in London and at farmers markets in Cork and Limerick, its the same product.


Click on their logo above to get a link to their full range of mushrooms.
Check these guys out I highly recommend them.