Mushrooms are tricky. The varieties you usually find in supermarkets are cultured, meaning that they are farmed away from their natural habitat. This means that their taste becomes weaker, and they are, in general, pretty boring and dull. The best-tasting mushrooms grow in nature. Unfortunately, the coming generations are unable to tell the poisonous ones from the edible ones, thus missing out on a world’s worth of flavor and textures. And then there are the mushrooms that taste nothing like mushrooms. And that is why I think that they are the strangest edible mushrooms. These varieties, sometimes used as spices, defy what you think you know about fungi in general.
Aniseed Agaric Mushroom
The traditionalists in the United Kingdom often put away their bet on English Premier league games with Betway to go out and collect this amazing thing. The aniseed agaric mushroom, also known as the aniseed toadstool, usually grows in forests, close to the roots of the trees. It is given away by its specific smell, that also gave it its name. It smells and tastes like star anise. The locals collect these mushrooms and dry their grey caps, using it as a spice in various foods.
The “Lactifluus piperatus” mushroom is often called “bitter mushroom” by the people collecting it. That gives away a great deal about its taste. It is bitter and scathing and when broken, it emits a white, scathing fluid that turns green when it dries. In short, it doesn’t sound like a very palatable mushroom. While it may indeed be an acquired taste, the locals, especially in the Balkans, Russia, and some Central European countries, love it. The best way to consume it is to grill it fresh with a bit of salt, especially on a fire built in the middle of the forest. Other ways to consume it include fried with butter and bacon or filled with spicy cheese and grilled. You may also enjoy it dried and used as a spice, pickle it, or baking it into a pie.
Phallus impudicus, better known by its common name “common stinkhorn”, is perhaps the strangest edible mushroom. It that makes you wonder who was the first to taste it and find it not only edible but tasty. You see, this mushroom, that’s common in Europe and North America stinks, literally, of excrement. But only the mushroom’s olive-colored “head” (see the name above) is stinky – it attracts the flies that spread the mushroom’s spores. The the stalk however, tastes spicy, similar to radish. The young eggs that grow at its base, are often called the witch’s eggs. They are collected, with the undeveloped stalk cut out and eaten raw. The eggs are also eaten boiled, with various sauces, while the grown-up stalks are often sliced and used in salads.
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And if you come across these strangest edible mushrooms, at least you will know them! And maybe try them!