2017 Harvest

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Edible mushrooms part 2

                                                    Hydnum repandum
                                  Sweet tooth, wood hedgehog, prosenjak

One of the very popular and easily recognized mushrooms is Sweet tooth mushroom.
Hydnum repandum is a mushroom that grows in Europe, Asia, Australia and North America.
It can't be mistaken for any poisonous mushrooms because of it's specific look.

What does Hydnum repandum look like?
This mushrooms grows in groups, scattered or in fairy rings. It has irregular shaped caps that variate from pale yellow to orange.

Caps are usually smooth and dry. Small and young mushrooms can be round but big mushrooms are always irregular. 
Hydnum repandums meat turns slightly orange color. 
What makes this mushroom special are spines under the cap. This spines are the reason why it's also called wood hedgehog.
Spines are from 3-10cm long depending of the size of mushroom and they easily peal off.

How to eat and prepare it?
Sweet tooth has a sweet nutty flavor. It is considered to be a good mushroom that stays firm after cooking.
Before storing the mushroom brush the cap and scrape off the spines. Cook them in boiling water before storing them.
The best way to store them is marinate them in vinegar or oil.

Can it be mistaken for other toxic mushrooms?

Hydnum repandum can't be mistaken for toxic mushrooms. It can be mistaken for other Hydnum varieties but all of them are edible and have very good quality.
Mushrooms can be mistaken for Boletus when looking at them from far away but after turning the mushrooms spines are very noticeable.

                                             Craterellus cornucopioides
                               (horn of plenty, black trumpet, crna trubica)

Craterellus cornucopioides is and edible mushroom recognized for it's characteristic black color and trumpet shape. It can't be mistaken for any toxic mushrooms.
It grows in Europe, North America and parts of Asia, usually in oak woods. In some countries it is considered a delicacy almost the same value as truffles.

What does Craterellus cornucopioides look like?
Some people say that when hunting for trumpet mushrooms is like searching for black holes in the woods. For their specific color they are hard to spot but since they grow in colonies. Because of it there can be found hundreds of mushrooms in only one place.

 Mushrooms looks like a small trumpet with curved edge that is slightly thinner than the rest of the mushroom. Trumpet doesn't have a real stipe. It's actually extended cap. It's color is very specific, dark gray to black with slightly lighter hymenium.

How to eat and prepare it?
This small mushroom is highly valuated between mushroom lovers. between people sometimes it's called "truffles for poor people". Since it grows in big colonies the best way to store this plant is drying it to keep it from occupying too much room in the freezer.

Before cooking them just soak the mushrooms in water for 5-6 hours. Mushrooms can also be crushed and the powder can be used to add favor to soups and sauces.

Can it be mistaken for toxic mushrooms?
Black trumpet can't be mistaken for any toxic plants. Their specific color and shape distinguish them from any other mushroom.


  1. An interesting looking mushroom which I don't think I have ever seen

  2. I do not know this mushroom but your explanations are very interesting and useful. Thank You!

  3. Interesting! I have never seen them here. Thanks for sharing


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