Lion's Mane Mushrooms

I was browsing around the University District Farmer’s Market and stumbled across these giant, white mushrooms at the Sno-Valley Mushroom stand. When I saw these white, hairy things, I really didn’t know what to think of them - these are mushrooms? I had to try it.

The guy at the stand explained that the mushrooms are a great substitute for seafood because they have similar flavors and textures. He recommended the following simple preparation:

  1. Heat up pan with butter.
  2. Cut Lion’s Mane mushrooms into slices.
  3. Once pan is hot, gently cook the mushrooms until its moisture is evaporated.
  4. Add salt and pepper to taste, then serve.

Mushrooms in general are pretty simple to prepare. Of course, you can dress the recipe up, but I wanted to taste the natural flavors of the mushroom since I was trying it for the first time.

Like the man said, it had a seafood flavor, and the texture tasted quite different from a typical button mushroom. Tasted kind of like crab. I did end up eating it with some stone ground mustard (which was a surprisingly delicious combination) because the mushroom had a slight bitterness to it.

If you ever shop at the University District Farmer’s Market, please check out these mushrooms. Sno-Valley Mushrooms even has a “Grow Your Own” mushroom kit that sits on your kitchen counter! Seems pretty fantastical to me!