“Maitake” means dancing mushroom in Japanese. The mushroom is said to have gotten its name after people danced with happiness upon finding it in the wild, such are its incredible healing properties.
The word “shiitake” is derived from the Japanese words “shii,” the oak-like tree where these mushrooms first grew, and “také,” which simply means mushroom; hence, it literally means “mushrooms of the shii tree.”1
The versatile Clamshell, also known as Hon- or Buna-Shimeji, is distinguished by its mild shellfish flavor. It’s quarter-size caps with 2 to 3 inch white stems retain a crunchy texture even after sautéing.
The Alba Clamshell- petite and delicate but big on flavor! Also known as the HonShimeji or Beech mushroom. The Alba Clamshell grows in beautiful clumps with ” 2-3” stems with small caps.
The oyster mushroom is one of the more commonly sought wild mushrooms, though it can also be cultivated on straw and other media. It has the bittersweet aroma of benzaldehyde (which is also characteristic of bitter almonds).
Mini oyster mushrooms
The Eryngii is also known as the King Oyster Mushroom because of its velvety, pale grey-brown cap and large, firm white stem. This mushroom grows in clusters and is very decorative and tasty.
Nameko mushrooms are small to medium in size with caps averaging 2-5 centimeters in diameter and slender, straight stems. The smooth, rounded caps are orange to amber with a glossy sheen caused by a natural layer of gelatin coating the surface.
Velvet Pioppini mushrooms are small to medium in size with convex to flattened caps connecting to thin, elongated stems. The firm, soft, and silky caps average 3-10 centimeters in diameter and range in color from dark brown to light brown-grey.
The Nebrodini Bianco stems (if you’ll excuse the pun) from the endangered Funcia di basilicu, a rare mushroom that hails from a limestone-laden, 100 sq km corner of Italy — the Nebrodi Mountains of Sicily.
Sparassis (also known as cauliflower mushroom) is a genus of parasitic and saprobic mushrooms characterised by their unique shape and appearance. This appearance can be described as similar to a sea sponge, a brain, or a head of cauliflower.
Morels are one of the most desired wild mushrooms in the world. They are not farmed like most grocery store mushrooms, Cremini, Portobello, Oyster, etc. but gathered in the wild.