One of my favorite ingredients in ethnic food recipes is mushrooms, hence today’s 6 Weird Edible Mushrooms post.
I love mushrooms. Morels, Shitakes, White Buttons, and lots more. Especially prevalent in Asian cooking, edible fungi is to me a kind of weird yet delightful food. So I decided to do some research and see what else is out there in the world of mushrooms that I haven’t yet tried. This led me to today’s post on:
6 Weird Edible Mushrooms
Here they are, in no particular order of significance:
Often called the “False Morel”, and with the scientific name, Gyromitra Esculenta, this strange looking fungus is considered a delicacy in the Great Lakes region of the USA, as well as Scandinavia and Eastern Europe. It gets its name from the cap which definitely does resemble a brain.
And, while it is edible, it can only be eaten after being cooked well. Eaten raw it can actually kill you. There are some markets that sell Brain Mushrooms, but they are required by law to stamp warning labels on the packages.
If you are an avid mushroom hunter like me, you love foraging through the woods for your favorite fungus to dine on. But if you are hunting for real Morels (my personal absolute favorite!), exercise caution. Real Morels are a truly delicious and exceptional delicacy. But mistaking one of these brainy mushrooms for the real thing could be fatal, if not recognized for what it really is and properly cooked. Me? I think I’ll just stick with real Morels.
And Number 2 is …
Beautiful, isn’t it? It’s called the “Indigo Milkcap”. The scientific name is Lactarius Indigo. It can be found in Central America, East Asia, and also in the deciduous and coniferous forests of Eastern North America. When an Indigo Milkcap is broken open or sliced, a milky latex substance seeps out.
I’ve never seen this mushroom live, so I haven’t been able to break or cut one. But have read that the oozing milk is a deep, beautiful aquatic blue. In spite of its rather poisonous appearance, Indigo Milkcap is proven to be quite edible and rather tasty. It is rare to find, but some markets actually carry it.
Next up, on the list of 6 Weird Edible Mushrooms, is a particularly amazing one in appearance-