Ingredient Spotlight: Hedgehog Mushrooms

One of the first things I noticed about this mushroom is that instead of gills under the caps, they have "teeth." Can you see them in the photograph above? These are the spore-bearing structures.

Found in forests in North America and Europe, hedgehog mushrooms are pale yellow to light tan in color. They have a white spore print. They have a slightly nutty taste and a firm texture.

Hedgehogs only require a quick brushing to remove dirt. They do well in casseroles and soups, and are commonly pickled. They also work well given an old-fashioned frying in butter.

Here are some hedgehog mushroom recipes. They can be purchased online at these sources:

Pacific Rim Mushrooms
Earthy Delights

(Image: Kathryn Hill)