Practical Foraging: Lion’s Mane Mushroom

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Lion’s Mane Mushroom detail

I admit it, I’m not a mushroom fan.  They are the darlings of foragers everywhere for their nutrition,  but I find them tasteless and the texture unpleasant.  Nonetheless, if I am out learning to forage, I pay attention to the major mushroom edibles in my area and will try them if a new tasting opportunity presents itself.

Last weekend’s opportunity was Hericeium erinaceus, or Lion’s Mane Mushroom.  Often perched high in hardwood trees, the hairy appearing texture no doubt gives it its common name.

The recipe?  Sliced and on the grill.

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There’s no happy ending here.  I think, like all mushrooms, it is tasteless and very rubbery toothsome.  Grilled, it retained more of its chewiness than it does sauteed (I have also had it sauteed in the past).  If you are a mushroom fan, now is the time to search out these for your own culinary pleasure.  I shall let you have my share.

(By Nicole Castle)

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