High-quality foraged and small batch foods

By Amy Sherman

Mikuni means “beautiful land,” and the partners behind the name should know a little bit about that sort of thing. Beginning 20 years ago as dedicated mushroom foragers, their passion for foraging led to a thriving business exporting mushrooms to customers in Japan and Europe. Today, in addition to wild mushrooms and truffles, they’ve expanded their offerings to include the most prized and exquisite natural, wild ingredients and small batch products, sourced from all over the world.

Don’t even think about fooling around phony truffle oil—indulge in the real thing with Mikuni’s extremely fresh Summer Italian truffles. Perfect for adding a luxurious touch to the simplest dishes, such as scrambled eggs, risotto, or pasta, these aromatic treasures have a delicate earthy quality that cannot be reproduced artificially, and they’re in season now.

For a less seasonal yet just as artisanal ingredient, try Amola bacon salt, a blend of sea salt, smoked salt, and heritage pork. Just a pinch of this intensely flavored and finely textured salt lends savory, smoky and salty notes to everything from fresh sliced tomatoes, to popcorn, greens, or even dark chocolate.

Mikuni takes maple syrup to new heights with their Noble Handcrafted line. “Tonic 1” is a medium grade amber aged in Tuthilltown Bourbon charred barrels, which impart all the richness and luscious flavors of bourbon—smoke, oak, and toast. Tonic 2 starts with the same amber syrup but with added Tahitian vanilla and Egyptian chamomile blossoms to emphasize the delicate fruity and floral nuances and a lighter flavor profile. Try Tonic 1 on a pork roast or in an old-fashioned, and Tonic 2 on pancakes, oatmeal, or to sweeten whipping cream.

To answer the question of what to drink when you’re not drinking, Seedlip is a non-alcoholic, unsweetened distilled spirit that comes in two fabulous versions. Garden 108 has the essences of hay, pea, spearmint, rosemary, thyme, and hops, for a floral, herbal touch that works equally well as a mixer for tonic or a flavored carbonated water. The Spice 94 has oak, cascarilla bark, cardamom, allspice, lemon, and grapefruit, for a spicy and woodsy flavor that pairs well with iced tea or fruity shrub.

Professional chefs rely on Mikuni as their go to source for everything from small batch maple syrups and vinegars, to the most prized and exquisite caviar and roes. Why shouldn’t you?
Word on the Street

  • Mario Batali says, “Mikuni Wild Harvest knows truffles.”
  • Mikuni provides truffles to chefs such as Thomas Keller, David Chang, and Grant Achatz.
  • Mikuni’s Amola Salts have been featured on Martha Stewart and Food Network Canada.
  • The Noble Tonic No. 1 maple syrup has been featured in the New York Times, Bon Appetit, and Imbibe magazine.

Bacon Salt Your World

There’s no end to the ways you can use bacon salt. Here are a few bacon-licious ideas:
  • Sprinkle it on hot buttered corn on the cob
  • Use it to season burgers before grilling
  • Add it to any nut or snack mix
  • Sprinkle it on freshly baked chocolate chip cookies right out of the oven
  • Top deviled eggs with it