Finding wild mushrooms is always a singularly magical experience. They seem so otherworldly and possess an inherent, fragile beauty that takes time to appreciate. Now, it’s one thing to admire them for their looks, it’s quite another to pick and eat them. Fungi are some of the hardest organisms to correctly identify. However, that doesn’t deter many people from going out and trying their hand at mushroom hunting. Here are a handful of the most popular wild mushrooms people search for. One is even found in our home mushroom kit…hint, hint.
Also known as the golden chanterelle, or girolle, the chanterelle is a highly sought after edible mushroom that does best in old-growth forests of North America and Europe. It definitely is hard to miss as its bright orange color helps it stand out against its more earth-colored cousins. Chanterelles can also be identified by their odor – which is described as an apricot-type smell.
One of the most prized mushrooms and also one of the most strikingly unique is the Morel. You know you are looking at a Morel when you see that classic honeycomb cap. They are prized by gourmet cooks the world over, especially in French cuisine. They have come to have many different nicknames in the various places they are cultivated: dryland fish, merkels, miracles, and hickory chickens.
You’ll remember this mushroom by a different name – “the chicken of the woods”. The Sulfur mushroom gets this name because when cooked it has the taste and consistency of chicken. It grows on deciduous trees in a stacking, shelf formation and is mostly bright orange and yellow in appearance. Some clusters have been found to be upwards of a hundred pounds!
Exactly what its name implies, the Giant Puffball is a giant balloon of a mushroom that seems to pop up out of nowhere. They can grow to be as big as a basketball and some have been weighed at over 40 pounds! The taste has been described as tofu or melted cheese when cooked and many meals can be made out of a sizeable puffball.
Didn’t think we’d leave our mushroom kit staple out did you? There is a reason why Oyster mushrooms are some of the most widely sought after and grown species. They are easy to grow and they are super healthy. Usually found in tropical or temperate climates, they can sometimes be found in conifer forests. One thing for sure is that Oyster mushrooms can be found in our grow at home mushroom kit. Order yours today and start shrooming!