Djon djon is the common name for the edible black mushroom often found in Haiti. It is used as a delicacy in Haitian dishes, most notably diri djon djon. Check our our recipe below!


  • 2 Cups of Dried Black Mushrooms (djon djon)
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 small onion chopped
  • 2 cups long-grain rice
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 tsp Ground cloves
  • 1 (12-ounce) can lima beans (or green peas)
  • 1 to 2 thyme sprigs
  • 1 green Scotch bonnet pepper

In small pot, soak mushrooms in 4 cups water for 10 minutes. Boil mushrooms on low heat for 10 minutes. Strain the mushroom water and keep for later use. The mushrooms are no longer needed.

Let the mushroom water sit to let debris that might still lurk settle. Carefully pour into another container. Make sure to pour as much of the water but avoid the residue at the bottom of the pot.

In a large pot, sauté the garlic and onions for 2 minutes. Add the rice and stir for 3-5 min. Add the mushroom water, salt, cloves and lima beans.

Bring the water to a boil and reduce the heat until most of the water evaporates. Set the temperature to low and Scotch bonnet pepper and thyme. Cover the pot and steam the rice for 15 min.

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