Maitake mushrooms to chilli chocolates

There’s some amazing produce grown and made in our part of the world.

Here are some we bet you didn’t know existed…

1) Maitake mushrooms (above)
Exotic fungi in Leicestershire & Rutland? Yep, these – and a host of other outlandish and tasty fungi like enoki and buna shimeji – are grown at The Mushroom Basket in Packington, west Leicestershire. Maitake mushroom and bacon omelette is said to be spectacular. The Mushroom Basket

2) Farrington’s Mellow Yellow rapeseed oil
Farrington Oils is based over the border in Hargrave, Northants. Their rapeseed oil has a beautiful, nutty flavour and is low in saturated fats and high in Omega 3. You can use it for frying, marinating and in salad dressings. Farrington Oils

3) Manor Farm Thick & Creamy yoghurt
This was crowned Best International New Dairy Product at the world-renowned 2010 Cheese Awards in Nantwich. It’s made in Thrussington. Manor Farm is too modest to do so, but they could with some justification call it the best yoghurt in the world. 01664 424 245 (no website)

4) Bitter Sweet chilli & lime chocolates
Bitter Sweet from Breedon-on- the-Hill, Leics, uses Lubcloud cream and fruit from Scaddows Farm, Ticknall, to create its delicacies. Its chilli and lime choccies are incredibly moreish. Bitter Sweet

5) Brownies from The Garage Deli, Uppingham
While interviewing residents of Uppingham, Rutland, for a magazine feature, The Garage Deli was mentioned several times. “Their brownies are to die for,” said one lady. Well worth a visit and a nibble. Thanks to Miss Pickering for the photo. The Garage Deli

Matt Wright
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Matt lives in Leicestershire with his wife, two kids and dog. He is passionate about British pubs, slow food and home brewing. He founded Great Food Club (originally as Great Food Magazine) in 2010 after being inspired by local producers near his home town of Melton Mowbray - Britain's 'Rural Capital of Food'.