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Favorite (non-psychedelic) mushrooms to eat?

#1 Post by Mark B » April 14th, 2019, 3:37 pm

Starting to get more into mushrooms for their taste and health benefits. Not balling in the truffle zone anytime soon, but definitely have Cremini as a go-to and starting to branch out into Shiitake. Any others you enjoy? Expecting Portabello and Oyster to come up but almost never find myself eating them.

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#2 Post by David K o l i n » April 14th, 2019, 3:49 pm

Porcini/cepes. I use shiitake, maitake, oysters, king oysters, chanterelle, lobster and morel mushrooms regularly

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#3 Post by Mark B » April 14th, 2019, 5:11 pm

For anyone who has the time, this is a fascinating deep dive into all things fungi:

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#4 Post by George Hejna » April 14th, 2019, 5:38 pm

Morel and Chanterelle.

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#5 Post by Kenny H » April 14th, 2019, 8:17 pm

It will be foraged mushroom season very soon although Minnesota will be delayed with the storms of late. Morel, porcini, and chanterelle are the biggies. I had a giant morel simply sauteed last year that tasted exactly like a pan seared smash burger, they are incredible. Hawk wings will be coming soon and they are also very impressive with an earthy savory profile. Very prolific here in the mid-upper west.
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#6 Post by RyanC » April 14th, 2019, 8:51 pm

Probably porcini or chanterelle. But I like many kinds.
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#7 Post by Alex N » April 14th, 2019, 9:16 pm

This was the best year I've ever seen for central California chanterelle foraging. I'm almost sick of them from eating so many but they are near the top of my favorites. Lion's Mane were also plentiful and has become one of my new favorites. Morels probably retain their #1 slot. Porcini as well, and something about the texture and flavor of enoki mushrooms puts them in my top 10 list.
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#8 Post by Al Osterheld » April 14th, 2019, 9:23 pm

David K o l i n wrote:
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Porcini/cepes. I use shiitake, maitake, oysters, king oysters, chanterelle, lobster and morel mushrooms regularly
Those are all good and ones I regularly use, except for oysters. Also, black trumpets (aka black chanterelles), and sometimes abalone.

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#9 Post by Betty C » April 14th, 2019, 10:18 pm

Morels are my favorites, followed by black trumpets and wood ear.
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#10 Post by Dennis Atick » April 15th, 2019, 3:14 am

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Also, bonus points for anyone with a good magic mushroom trip story. [wow.gif]
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#11 Post by Jay Miller » April 15th, 2019, 7:38 am

I'll play. In this order

1. Porcini
2. Morels
3. Chanterelles
4. Maitake


But I buy oyster mushrooms more than any of those because they're reasonably priced and still taste really good. And my local mushroom guy has them all the time whereas the others are hit or miss. The ones imported from China in our local Asian market aren't as good.

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#12 Post by John Davis » April 15th, 2019, 7:40 am

Morels but like almost any mushroom.
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#13 Post by Mark B » April 15th, 2019, 7:42 am

How do you guys like to prepare them? I usually find myself sautéing them in butter with a pinch of salt and then topping them with a red wine and “steak juice” reduction served alongside said pan fried steak.
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#14 Post by John Davis » April 15th, 2019, 9:41 am

Morels? We saute them in butter & serve over asparagus or meat. We've made soup. Also make cream based mushroom sauces over meat or noodles. Our favorite way is likely to simply lightly flour and pan fry the in oil + salt and pepper.

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#15 Post by David K o l i n » April 15th, 2019, 10:03 am

Porcini, grilled. The balance, sautéed (usually) with garlic or shallots and thyme.

I also make a mixed mushroom and collard gumbo for my vegetarian wife and mushroom barley soup in the winter

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#16 Post by PeterH » April 15th, 2019, 10:42 am

Matsutake deserves mention, one of the best.
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#17 Post by Robert Dentice » April 15th, 2019, 12:17 pm

Chicken Mushrooms.

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#18 Post by Kevin Porter » April 15th, 2019, 12:41 pm

I love maitakes (aka Hen of the Woods). This is a great recipe from Veg in Philadelphia - https://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/seare ... -mushrooms.

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#19 Post by Jay Miller » April 15th, 2019, 12:56 pm

PeterH wrote:
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Matsutake deserves mention, one of the best.
I agree, but only if someone else is doing the preparation.

I'm not much of a hand at soups.
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#20 Post by Jay Miller » April 15th, 2019, 12:58 pm

Mark B wrote:
April 15th, 2019, 7:42 am
How do you guys like to prepare them? I usually find myself sautéing them in butter with a pinch of salt and then topping them with a red wine and “steak juice” reduction served alongside said pan fried steak.
Usually sauteed with a mix of olive oil and butter, a dash of fish sauce, and possibly some minced garlic.

For morels more likely to cream them.
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#21 Post by Paul Miller » April 15th, 2019, 1:04 pm

Drizzle some olive oil on oyster mushrooms and lightly grill. Slice and use as a pizza topping. We make a lot of pizza on our outdoor grill, and these are a great topping.

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#22 Post by Al Osterheld » April 15th, 2019, 1:08 pm

PeterH wrote:
April 15th, 2019, 10:42 am
Matsutake deserves mention, one of the best.
Yes, also buy these but don’t see them often in my usual shops.

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#23 Post by Kenny H » April 15th, 2019, 3:06 pm

Oh and a fantastic one, lobster mushroom, which isn't really a mushroom anymore because it has been infected by a parasitic fungus.

But it has this amazing saffron like color and flavor. Super good. Sometimes you see them alongside regular mushrooms at farmers markets.
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#24 Post by Joshua Kates » April 15th, 2019, 3:51 pm

Morels are my outright favorite, but can be tricky to cook. Cut off hard bottoms of stem, and then cut open to make sure there are no little worms and also to remove silt. If possible avoid wetting, use only a brush. Cut into length-wise strips, approximately 4 per mushroom. Sautee in an ample mixture of oil and butter in skillet. Eventually they should throw off their moisture and after this cooks down, they are done. At this last stage, it can be good to add in some very finely diced shallots, which will cook quickly; if you do them first, the morels will absorb their flavor, which you don't want. Serve on toasts or on pasta, cream can be added in at the end as well for a sauce. Chanterelles are also good prepared this way; fresh porcini can be wonderful, but very delicate flavor, unlike the dried ones.

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#25 Post by Lee Short » April 15th, 2019, 5:33 pm

matsutake, porcini, morel, black trumpet, yellowfeet, hedgehogs, chanterelles, coral mushrooms are all first rate.

Yellowfeet should be simply dry sauteed in butter. Morels and chanterelles work well with cream. Fresh porcini caps roasted with olive oil and S+P are fantastic. Matsutake are great in soup as Jay mentions, but also are amazing simply sauteed in butter. I usually do black trumpets in a sauce with stock + red wine or vinegar. Hedgehogs and corals are also very good simply sauteed.

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#26 Post by Nola Palomar » April 15th, 2019, 7:03 pm

I went morel foraging a couple of days ago, nothing. It rained all day yesterday and cool today then warm tomorrow. If they are going to pop up it will be soon.

Juan brought these back from China. Anyone have suggestions on how to prepare them?
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#27 Post by Jay Miller » April 16th, 2019, 6:37 am

Lee Short wrote:
April 15th, 2019, 5:33 pm
Matsutake are great in soup as Jay mentions, but also are amazing simply sauteed in butter.
Thanks Lee! I had no idea you could saute them.
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#28 Post by David K o l i n » April 16th, 2019, 12:33 pm

Nola Palomar wrote:
April 15th, 2019, 7:03 pm
I went morel foraging a couple of days ago, nothing. It rained all day yesterday and cool today then warm tomorrow. If they are going to pop up it will be soon.

Juan brought these back from China. Anyone have suggestions on how to prepare them?

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#29 Post by jrozes » April 17th, 2019, 11:47 am

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#30 Post by Dennis Atick » April 17th, 2019, 1:28 pm

jrozes wrote:
April 17th, 2019, 11:47 am
Dennis Atick wrote:
April 15th, 2019, 3:14 am
Grateful Dead show. Giants Stadium. June 1991. I probably should write a book about it. [wink.gif]
The face melter Dark Star teases sprinkled throughout the second night were great fun, weren't they? That one and RFK were the highlights of the tour for me.
6/17/91 remains one of the best shows I saw live for the sheer number of times we freaked and were like, "wait, what the hell is going here?" By 90s standards, it's unparalleled for it's quirkiness.
Only-ever- Eyes show opener. Dark Star teases in the first set. Raucous Saint w/out Sailor, achy China Doll into an untethered PITB reprise....
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#31 Post by NED VALOIS » April 17th, 2019, 1:38 pm

Just ordered for Easter from Earthy Delights;

MFM301 Fresh Western Dark Morel Mushrooms - per lb 1
MFM306 Fresh Midwest Blonde Morel Mushrooms - per lb 1
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#32 Post by John Davis » April 17th, 2019, 1:50 pm

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Just ordered for Easter from Earthy Delights;

MFM301 Fresh Western Dark Morel Mushrooms - per lb 1
MFM306 Fresh Midwest Blonde Morel Mushrooms - per lb 1
CHS108 Sottocenere Truffle Cheese - per lb 1
From where, if you don’t mind? We get some at out farmer’s market. When I had the grocery store we sold quite a bit in the Spring. But they are hard to find.

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#33 Post by NED VALOIS » April 17th, 2019, 1:54 pm

Fresh Oregon "natural" morels are here!

These are the morel mushrooms that many morel lovers know best. Dark "natural" morels have a deeper, more intense morel flavor than blonde morels and are preferred by many morel lovers. It's that unmistakable untamed morel taste that makes it the most sought after wild mushroom in the world.



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