21. Beech AKA Shimeji
There are serval different species sold as shimeji mushrooms, but one example is the one pictured here, also known as the brown beech mushroom. The mushrooms are small and thin and are common in many parts of the world. When raw the mushrooms have a bitter taste, but once they are cooked they tend to be firm, slightly crunchy, while also having a nutty flavor.
20. Wood Ear
Wood ear mushrooms tend to be roughly shaped like an ear or a cup and have a rubbery texture. The mushrooms typically grow on rotting wood and are common both for cuisine and medicinal uses. The mushroom can also frequently be found dried online, which is a good alternative is you cannot find them locally. The dried versions of the mushrooms can be reconstituted and the mushrooms are very versatile, especially when sliced thinly.
Pioppini mushrooms tend to be mostly stalk with relatively small heads. A few different varieties of these mushrooms exist, including alba and brown pioppini. The mushrooms are popular because of their slightly peppery taste, their price and the fact that they are available throughout the year. They are a good versatile option for someone who wants to try a new type of mushroom but doesn’t know where to start.