Fresh Hedgehog Mushrooms
from Oregon Mushrooms
AWARDS & ACCOLADES
The hedgehog mushroom is a fungus delicacy which grows in the forests of North America. Hedgehog mushrooms are similar to chanterelles in color and flavor. Many mushroom hunters prize the hedgehog mushroom for its flavor, which is described as sweet and nutty, paired with a slightly crunchy texture that is quite pleasing to the palate.
Hedgehogs are also known by a variety of aliases, including sweet tooth mushroom and pig's trotter, in a nod to the flavor and appearance of the hedgehog mushroom. The proper scientific name of the hedgehog mushroom is Hydnum repandum. In appearance, the hedgehog mushroom has a medium-sized orange to beige fruiting body, abundantly decorated with small drooping teeth on the underside. The cap of the hedgehog mushroom has a small depression, which turns up at the sides as the mushroom grows older. The stem and flesh of the hedgehog mushroom are a creamy white.
Hedgehog mushrooms are used in a variety of cuisines. The hedgehog mushroom has a strong characteristic flavor and odor, which becomes even more intense when the mushrooms are dried. The flesh of the mushroom is very resilient, even crunchy when raw, but remains firm when cooked as well. Cooked fresh hedgehogs often remind consumers of meat, because the texture is so hearty. When fresh, the flavor and texture are better if the mushrooms are added at the end of the cooking process to sauces and side dishes, but hedgehogs can be baked and stewed and will retain their excellent flavor.
Fresh Hedgehog mushrooms are in season between November and March. This is a perishable item and it must be refrigerated upon arrival. We suggest putting them into a strainer in the product compartment in your refrigerator. Do not store in plastic; they need air circulation.