3. Hedgehog AKA Sweet Tooth
The hedgehog mushroom is rather surprising in that it is a mushroom with teeth. These are small structures no more than 1/4 of an inch in length. They can be easily broken off and don’t interfere with the edibility of the mushroom. The term actually applies to two closely related species of mushroom that are similar in appearance, preparation and even taste. They can be fried, dried or sautéed, making them useful in cooking, especially for unique or unusual dishes.
2. Pom Pom AKA Monkey Head
Pom pom mushrooms look a lot like the lion’s mane mushrooms that I mentioned earlier, and there’s a pretty good reason for that. According to some sites, the two mushrooms are just different names for the same species of mushrooms. That’s one of the challenges with mushrooms – because there are simply so many different types of them out there and they often look very similar to one another. Internet ‘science’ doesn’t exactly help matters either and you will find that some sites call these two species the same thing, while others will think they’re different mushrooms entirely. Confusing, right?
1. Boletus Bicolor
The boletus bicolor is a two colored beauty, although it’s hard to tell from this photo. From top-down, the mushroom is a bright red, while the underside of the mushroom is bright yellow. The mushroom is mild with a subtle taste. It is often dried to make storage easier. The mushroom is most common in the Great Lakes Region and in Canada. While the mushrooms can sometimes be purchased, finding them for sale is a relatively rare occurrence.