Strange Mushrooms

Discussion in 'Vegetables, Salads and Mushrooms' started by Yorky, 11 Jun 2019.

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  1. Yorky

    Yorky Uncomfortably numb Recipe Challenge Judge

    We came across these yesterday. They have no discernible stem and are roughly spherical about 10 - 15 mm diameter. Apparently they grow underground and have a woody taste. Does anyone know what they are called?

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  2. SatNavSaysStraightOn

    SatNavSaysStraightOn Site Owner Staff Member

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    A Pom in NSW, Aus
    What are they like when you cut them through the middle?
     
  3. rascal

    rascal Über Member

    We get button shrooms here and field ones as well. I only like button. Which is funny because as kids we used to pick field shrooms and eat them!!! We get the shitaki and a few others as well. Never seen yours Yorky. !!

    Russ
     
  4. Yorky

    Yorky Uncomfortably numb Recipe Challenge Judge

    OK, they are apparently called "hygroscopic earthstar" mushrooms. These are they sliced after boiling for about 10 minutes.

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    My wife ate them with very spicy chilli sauce. I think I'll pass.

    Apparently they sell for ฿500.00/kg (about £12.50)
     
  5. SatNavSaysStraightOn

    SatNavSaysStraightOn Site Owner Staff Member

    Location:
    A Pom in NSW, Aus
    Perhaps I should have said what are they like cut through before they are cooked? I used to support the computers of a fungus identification specialist. He was a photographer and did a lot of the photos for several books, but he personally specialised in fungus. I actually found some rare ones by chance on the land we lived on in the UK. Out took him to identify them. Needless tho day he was very excited and I learnt a thing out two about identifying fungus, hence my question. But it is needed before they are cooked... <cough>.
     
  6. Yorky

    Yorky Uncomfortably numb Recipe Challenge Judge

    My wife cooked them before I had a chance. She said the innards are much whiter when raw.
     
  7. I looked into this a bit. Is the flesh chewier than you'd expect from a mushroom? And, is there a pungent aroma when cooked? What do you think of the taste?
     
  8. Yorky

    Yorky Uncomfortably numb Recipe Challenge Judge

    I only ate one raw. It was like a soft apple and tasted like wood.
     
  9. morning glory

    morning glory Obsessive cook Staff Member

    Your not selling it to me!
     
  10. Yorky

    Yorky Uncomfortably numb Recipe Challenge Judge

    That is not my intention. I certainly shall not be scouring the forests to find more.
     
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  11. morning glory

    morning glory Obsessive cook Staff Member

    I think probably eating them raw isn't the best way...
     
  12. Yorky

    Yorky Uncomfortably numb Recipe Challenge Judge

    My wife received these on Saturday. I have no idea why she thought they were whiter when raw. The two on the bottom right are sliced in half.

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    Although maybe she's already cooked them? I didn't see her cook them.

    Whatever, they still look grotesque to me.
     
  13. SatNavSaysStraightOn

    SatNavSaysStraightOn Site Owner Staff Member

    Location:
    A Pom in NSW, Aus
    I think tbe same about many things I see humans eat. I'd happily eat them cooked.
     
  14. Yorky

    Yorky Uncomfortably numb Recipe Challenge Judge

    My wife has now returned from the marathon "Chinese Cook-in" and confirmed that the above mushrooms are not yet cooked.
     

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