About Real Fungi LLC
Real Fungi started out as a plan for woodland cultivation of exotic mushrooms on the family farm. The owner, John Jackson became interested in mushrooms at a young age, after an adventure hunting Morels with his grandfather. These spring mushroom excursions became for him, as anticipated as the major holidays. Many hours were spent on the hunt and the excitement of eventual success was beyond comparison. Nothing on earth, however, was more rewarding than the taste of Morels fried in butter upon our return from the forest to the kitchen. The thought occurred to John, why not farm them? With determination he dove deep into the study of cultivation, only to learn of the difficulty in growing these rare mushrooms. A change, of course, was in order. John studied up on all of the edible varieties in the region and set out to find their habitats. After nearly two decades he had built a solid repertoire of productive locations. The next step was building relationships with other local hunters to help with sourcing sufficient inventory. In 2017 John obtained his Wild Mushrooms certification from both Michigan and Pennsylvania. Later that year he began making his products available to local restaurants. In 2018 Real Fungi, LLC was formed and began its inaugural farmers market season. Our efforts have been rewarded with success and we continue to grow. In 2019, Real Fungi expanded into the cultivation of woodland species in a controlled environment. This website was created with the intention of making our products available nationwide, with a focus on restaurants in Pa and OH, offering a low flat rate on next day delivery.
We have chosen Xochipilli (pictured) as our patron. The Aztec god of art, beauty, dance, flowers, and song, he was believed to be responsible for the occurrence of sacred mushrooms.
Commited to safety!
We at Real Fungi understand that you are entrusting us with your well being, rest assured we take that responsibility seriously.
Safe Handling and Harvest
All of our harvesters have been trained in basic food safety including handling, storage and pre-harvest assessment
All of our products are inspected by a state certified expert in the identification of wild mushrooms in compliance with state and federal law
We provide detailed records of each mushroom from harvest to sale. This record includes the harvesters identity as well as the date and region of origin
Local Customers (Pittsburgh)
Local Customers can choose the “Local Pickup” or “Delivery” option at checkout. Website sales will be restricted on fresh product between May.-Oct. Current Monteverde’s Inc. customers are encouraged to order through their sales rep, we just don’t have the capacity to deliver that they do. If you would like to pick up at a market, please comment in the notes section which one and include your telephone number, All other “Local Pickup” is in Beechview.
Pennsylvania and Ohio Customers
All packages of fresh mushrooms are scheduled for delivery next business day and should arrive within 24 hours of shipping through UPS Ground service. This allows us to offer a very competitive flat shipping rate in these regions. All packages of fresh material contain ice packs to help maintain temperature. Website orders are sent out Mon-Thursday from November-April. Customers are encouraged to call with inquiries during summer months or visit us at a Farmers Market
Philadelphia and Cleveland Customers
May choose to ship through UPS or call us for an SWA Cargo quote. UPS Mon-Thurs, Cargo Mon-Fri. Call to inquire about large wholesale shipments
All other customers
You will have the option of choosing UPS next day air or SWA Cargo. UPS will be delivered to your location. SWA Cargo will need to be picked up at the nearest SWA Cargo terminal. UPS Air may be cheaper than the flat rate price. Please contact us for a shipping quote on all large order, we have many unique options, International shipping may be possible. We have distribution capacity in many cases when website product is unavailable. Please call during summer months with inquiries.
Meet the Owner
John began his career in commercial Horticulture and later developed an interest in mycology. After studying mushroom cultivation he realized that his favorite varieties could only be found in the wild. He went on to obtain licensing to sell wild mushrooms in several states and formed Real Fungi LLC with the collective efforts of other local hunters. In 2019 He built out on of the first indoor gourmet mushroom cultivation facilities in Pittsburgh. John believes in true food sustainability through forest gardens, native foods, and local harvester/steward participation.
Proprietor and Mushroom Expert, Real Fungi LLC
More Than Just a Meal
Real Fungi is your connection to the Forest! Our foods provide a link with the past, childhood memories of disappearing into the woods and returning to that delicious meal that can only be had by diligent effort. People age and harvesting locations change, don’t let that get you down! We have dedicated ourselves to understanding the life-cycles and seasons of the great culinary mushrooms. Let us hunt them down for you, you wont be disappointed!
Fresh Mushrooms require FAST shipping.
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All wild mushrooms are inspected by a state certified expert
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