Livesey Bros imports, packs and distributes a range of seasonally available Wild Mushrooms.
Wild Mushrooms are being increasingly gathered throughout the world as interest in them grows. This commercial gathering is frowned upon in some circles as the supply of naturally grown Wild Mushrooms is thought to be non sustainable. Livesey Bros are investing heavily in the range of mushrooms that they grow in an attempt to reduce the market dependency on Wild Mushrooms.
Prices for wild mushrooms vary significantly not just by variety, but also throughout the season as supplies fluctuate. Availability is very dependent on the weather, not just at harvest time, but for the preceding months when the underground mycelium is in its vegetative state. Planning menus around Wild Mushrooms can be risky as costs and supplies of product are near impossible to predict.
Not only does the cost of Wild Mushrooms fluctuate, but so too does the quality as extremes in weather can cause serious quality and shelf life problems.