Mushrooms at local markets
By markets I mean grocery or farmers.
Berkeley Bowl has been having some great looking and different mushrooms lately. My usual approach is to jot down the name and sometimes remember too look up the mushroom.
However, they had one of the most beautiful mushroom I've ever seen, Hawks wing which looked like the feathers of a bird. It was a super fresh-looking mushroom so I bought it. Unfortunately, like some stunningly beautiful people, there wasn't much behind the looks.
Anyway, I had mushroom madness that day and bought a bunch of others that were new to me and fresh-looking. The cauliflower mushroom that looked good a week ago was looking tired on this visit so I passed on that.
I thought this might be a good thread for people to note some of the more unusual mushrooms they've found.
Here's Windy's report (the insides of these turn pink when sauteed)
milk cap mushrooms at Far West Fungi
My reports on the General Boards about the mushrooms from my recent BB shopping trip
Good grief - Hawk's wing mushrooms?
Wouldn't buy these flavorless mushrooms again.
Fried chicken mushrooms
A bit crunchy, they are best in stews from what I've read
Pig's ear mushrooms
I thought these were great but what they tasted like didn't match another description on the web.
This was just a nice little link I stumbled across with tasting notes for a number of wild mushrooms
Wes's Ratings of Edible Wild Mushrooms
Far West Fungi FungiPedia
That article 's bit about truffles is a garbled mess.
King trumpets are a great value. More interesting flavor than most cultivated mushrooms, hard to believe they're related to oyster mushrooms. They're really cheap at Koreana Plaza.
2328 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA
re: Robert Lauriston
When did the manager change?
Last year, Monterey Market's black chanterelles (AKA black trumpets) and yellowfoot chanterelles were far superior to those at Berkeley Bowl. I was going to BB's a few times a week during chanterelle season, and I couldn't bring myself to purchase any of their lackluster offerings. Monterey was a goldmine.
Black chanterelles are great--- they're fairly flat, and have a pleasant leathery texture. Yellowfoots are not as meaty as golden chanterelles, and they're small which makes them more difficult to clean.
Monterey also had bags of candy cap mushrooms for $6 last year. If only to make your kitchen smell like maple syrup for weeks, they're great.
Berkeley Bowl had some nice candy cap mushrooms that I bought with the others. I only bought a few and then just fried them. Here's more with a link to a FABULOUS idea of using the mushrooms as real mushrooms on a Buche de Noel.
Candy Cap Mushrooms
I have been getting beautiful matsutake mushrooms lately at Tokyo Fish Market. I think the season is just about over though. These are the most fragrant and flavorful I've encountered.
They are expensive, but for about $8 I get 2-3 good-size mushrooms that I can divide in two, half to mix in with rice (chop and mix in pan with 1/2 cup mirin, 1/4 cup sake, and 1/3 cup soy sauce, then put under broiler a couple minutes, then mix with rice, yum!) and half I slice and put on top of the rice while it cooks. Sooo good.