For one day only at a live sustainable food pop-up, the V&A and Borough Market joined forces to showcase innovative food growing techniques. Borough Market trader, Turnips Borough created a unique mushroom risotto using oyster mushrooms grown from used coffee grounds at the V&A’s ground-breaking exhibition, FOOD: Bigger than the Plate.
The family-run fruit and vegetable retailer served up a deliciously rich mushroom risotto made with organic British spelt from Sharpham Park, and the V&A’s harvest of 7kg of pink, yellow and grey oyster mushrooms; topped with parmesan shavings.
Developed in partnership with social enterprise GroCycle, the mushroom farm uses waste coffee grounds collected from the museum’s Benugo café, to grow delicious oyster mushrooms. The mushrooms are later harvested and returned to the museum café as ingredients for a variety of dishes, closing the nutrient loop.
The mushroom farm is one of over 70 exciting projects at FOOD, exploring how individuals and communities are re-inventing how we grow, distribute and experience food.
Darren Henaghan, managing director of Borough Market said: “Waste reduction is fundamental to the culture of Borough Market. Customers are encouraged to eat with the seasons, question the provenance of ingredients, buy what’s only needed and eat every bit of it. This collaboration is an exciting development showcasing an innovative approach to both food growing and waste reduction – the result being a delicious dish for visitors to sample thanks to one of our longest established traders”.
Charles Foster, Turnips added: “We love what the V&A and GroCycle are doing with this exhibition, so it seemed only natural we collaborated in this way. We have been battling with waste reduction for years, so using these innovative oyster mushrooms in our risotto was hugely exciting!”
10% of sales were donated to Plan Zheroes, a charity that collects surplus food and redistributes it to those in need.
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