12. Blue Foot
Blue foot mushrooms live up to their name, with a concentrated blue color in their stem. This color doesn’t last long, and fades over time and when the mushroom is exposed to heat. These mushrooms are known for a delicate texture, along with an earthy flavor. The mushrooms tend to be hard to find and also picky about their environment, so care needs to be taken when storing them.
11. Cauliflower AKA Sparassis
It’s pretty easy to see where the nickname cauliflower mushroom came from, and at many people may not even realize that these are mushrooms at first glance. The mushrooms are large, very easy to identify and are known for having a particularly appealing taste. The catch is that they can be extremely hard to find. If you are foraging for them, they do have the advantage of turning up in the same place year after year. If you aren’t, you’ll have to do a lot of hunting to find anywhere that stocks these beauties.
10. Chicken of the Woods
Calling a mushroom chicken of the woods sounds like a bit of a joke, but that really is the name for this particular type of mushroom. The mushroom is a parasitic species growing on living and dead hardwoods with a preference for oak. The species is easy to cook with and has a meaty taste that some people think tastes a little like chicken. This species is one example where people vary considerably in what they think it tastes like and the best way to find out is to give it a try for yourself.