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Mushroom Pâté. Apricots. Mustard Herb Crackers.

This mushroom pâte with spicy apricots and mustard herb crackers is an elegant and artistic dish that will impress your guests every time.


54% 38/20/42 
Ω-6 (LA, 5.6g) : Ω-3 (ALA, 3.9g) = 1:1

Ingredients (for servings, )


  • dehydrator or oven
  • blender
  • grater
  • refrigerator
  • terrine dish (pâte dish)

Type of preparation

  • dehydrate
  • chop or grind
  • blend
  • cool
  • grate (shred)
  • marinate


  1. For the mushroom pâte
    Blend all of the ingredients in a high-speed blender (the authors use the Blendtec soup/syrup setting and let it run three times). The mixture has to achieve a certain temperature in order to activate the agar-agar.

    The authors use a mixture of button, oyster, and shiitake mushrooms. However, you can also use just one of the mushroom varieties listed.

  2. Pour the mixture into a terrine dish and let cool in the refrigerator for 2 hours, until firm.

  3. For the spicy apricots
    Grate the ginger and then combine all of the ingredients in a small bowl. Marinate at least 1 hour before serving.

    The original recipe calls for “Apfelweinessig” (Apple wine vinegar). If this isn’t available, then you can use “Apfelessig” (Apple cider vinegar) as we have listed in our recipe. It is not entirely clear what the difference between these two products is since apple cider vinegar is produced by fermenting apple wine.

  4. For the mustard herb crackers
    Blend all of the ingredients in a high-speed blender.

    The original recipe calls for mixed herbs. However, you can choose the herbs according to your taste preferences and availability.

  5. Spread the mixture on Teflex sheets, cut into 5 x 7.5 cm rectangles, and dehydrate at 46 °C for 12 hours (or until dry and crisp).
    Instead of the Teflex sheets, you can also use parchment paper.

    Strict raw foodists can spread the mixture on the Teflex sheets or parchment paper and dehydrate in a dehydrator at 42 °C.

  6. Serving
    Carefully turn out the pâte onto a large plate. Cut the pâte into slices that are about 2.5 cm thick. Serve with the crackers and apricots.

Nutritional Information per person Convert per 100g
2000 kcal
Energy197 kcal9.9%
Fat/Lipids15 g21.1%
Saturated Fats1.4 g7.0%
Carbohydrates (inc.dietary fiber)13 g4.9%
Sugars3.0 g3.4%
Fiber6.5 g25.9%
Protein/Albumin7.1 g14.2%
Cooking Salt (Na:92.4 mg)235 mg9.8%
A serving is 80g.Recommended daily allowance according to the GDA.
Cooking Salt

Essential micronutrients with the highest proportions per person 2000 kcal
FatAlpha-Linolenic acid; ALA; 18:3 omega-3 3.9 g197.0%
MinCopper, Cu 0.59 mg59.0%
FatLinoleic acid; LA; 18:2 omega-6 5.6 g56.0%
MinManganese, Mn 0.92 mg46.0%
ProtTryptophan (Trp, W) 0.09 g35.0%
VitBiotin (ex vitamin B7, H) 17 µg34.0%
ElemPhosphorus, P 233 mg33.0%
VitVitamin K 25 µg33.0%
VitThiamine (vitamin B1) 0.33 mg30.0%
ProtThreonine (Thr, T) 0.26 g28.0%

Detailed Nutritional Information per Person for this Recipe

The majority of the nutritional information comes from the USDA (US Department of Agriculture). This means that the information for natural products is often incomplete or only given within broader categories, whereas in most cases products made from these have more complete information displayed.

If we take flaxseed, for example, the important essential amino acid ALA (omega-3) is only included in an overarching category whereas for flaxseed oil ALA is listed specifically. In time, we will be able to change this, but it will require a lot of work. An “i” appears behind ingredients that have been adjusted and an explanation appears when you hover over this symbol.

For Erb Muesli, the original calculations resulted in 48 % of the daily requirement of ALA — but with the correction, we see that the muesli actually covers >100 % of the necessary recommendation for the omega-3 fatty acid ALA. Our goal is to eventually be able to compare the nutritional value of our recipes with those that are used in conventional western lifestyles.

Essential fatty acids per person 2000 kcal
Alpha-Linolenic acid; ALA; 18:3 omega-3 3.9 g197.0%
Linoleic acid; LA; 18:2 omega-6 5.6 g56.0%

Essential amino acids per person 2000 kcal
Tryptophan (Trp, W) 0.09 g35.0%
Threonine (Thr, T) 0.26 g28.0%
Isoleucine (Ile, I) 0.30 g24.0%
Valine (Val, V) 0.35 g22.0%
Leucine (Leu, L) 0.45 g19.0%
Phenylalanine (Phe, F) 0.30 g19.0%
Lysine (Lys, K) 0.34 g18.0%
Methionine (Met, M) 0.11 g11.0%

Essential macroelements (macronutrients) per person 2000 kcal
Phosphorus, P 233 mg33.0%
Magnesium, Mg 95 mg25.0%
Potassium, K 445 mg22.0%
Sodium, Na 92 mg12.0%
Calcium, Ca 79 mg10.0%

Essential trace elements (micronutrients) per person 2000 kcal
Copper, Cu 0.59 mg59.0%
Manganese, Mn 0.92 mg46.0%
Iron, Fe 3.3 mg23.0%
Selenium, Se 10 µg18.0%
Zinc, Zn 1.6 mg16.0%
Iod, I (Jod, J) 13 µg8.0%
Fluorine, F 18 µg1.0%
Notes about recipe

This mushroom pâte with spicy apricots and mustard herb crackers is an elegant and artistic dish that will impress your guests every time.

Serving size: The original recipe was designed to serve 12 people. We have cut the ingredients in half and changed the number of servings to 6.

Which step should you begin with?: This recipe can be started in two different ways. You can either follow the steps of the original recipe, as we have described here, or you can start by making the Mustard Herb Crackers. The crackers take the longest to make, but can be dehydrated overnight. It doesn’t take too long to marinade the apricots and it works well to refrigerate the mushroom pâte overnight for 10 hours so that it has long enough to set up.

Raw food or rather cooked food?: We have categorized this recipe as a cooked dish since the Mustard Herb Crackers are heated at temperatures above 42 °C. If you are not a strict raw foodist, you can use the temperature listed or dehydrate the crackers in the oven. In the latter case, set the temperature as low as possible (usually 50 °C) and leave the oven open a crack.


Storage: Ginger can be sliced and then stored in the freezer. This way larger quantities you buy will stay good for a longer period of time.

Freshly ground mustard powder: Many processed powders contain 80 % ground mustard, but they also include added herbs and wheat flour. The latter binds the powder better when it is added to foods and depending on the amount used may influence the thickness of the sauce. However, if you have mustard seeds, you can grind these in an electric coffee grinder or between two smooth surfaces. Depending on the seeds the powder contains, it will be somewhat hotter (brown or black seeds) or milder (yellow seeds).

Degree of hotness: To test how hot the mustard powder is, you can mix a smaller amount with a liquid such as water. The enzyme myrosinase contained in the mustard seeds is only activated when it comes into contact with liquids. This enzyme turns the glucosinolates into various isothiocyanate compounds, which are frequently called “mustard oil.” This is the reason why mustard seeds don’t release flavor until they are chewed and table mustard containing water, on the other hand, is hot from the beginning.

Alternate preparation

Mushrooms for the pâte: The original recipe calls for a mixture of button, oyster, and shiitake mushrooms. However, you can also use just one of the mushroom varieties listed or another type that you prefer.

Thyme or additional herbs: In place of the mixed herbs, you can use only thyme or other herb(s) of your preference that you may even have in your garden.