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Lion’s Mane Mushrooms (Hericium Erinaceus) are both a delicious edible mushroom and a potent medicinal. Add in the fact that they’re easy to identify and abundant in the woods, and you’ve pretty much got the perfect wild mushroom.
A foolproof mushroom, lion’s mane mushrooms have no look-alikes. Once you spot a cluster of icicles hanging from a dead or dying hardwood, you’re in for a real treat.
As an edible mushroom, lion’s mane has a mild seafood flavor, a bit similar to lobster. They absorb flavors (and liquid) like a sponge, which makes them versatile in cooking. While they’re a delicious edible, their real value comes from their medicinal properties.
Lion’s mane is commonly cultivated and sold for it’s purported cognitive healing benefits. Clinical trials are evaluating it as a treatment for Alzheimer’s and dementia, as well as a number of other neurodegenerative diseases.
When I say lion’s mane mushrooms have no look-alikes, I’m always surprised by what people optimistically ID in the woods. Mushrooms identification groups are full of foragers pulling any grey-ish mushroom of the ground in the spring, and optimistically asking “Is this a morel mushroom?”
Take your time, consult multiple sources and be sure of your ID before consuming any wild edible, even foolproof ones like Lion’s Mane mushrooms.
There are several species of Hericium referred to as lion’s mane’s, and they’re all used interchangeably. Hericium Erinaceus is commonly cultivated, but in the wild species include H. abietis, H. alpestre, H. americanum, H. coralloides and H. laciniatum.
It can actually be difficult to distinguish between species, even for experienced mushroom foragers. Luckily that’s not important (unless you really want to nerd-out on mushroom and get super detailed for your own entertainment).
Some species can actually only be distinguished by gene sequencing. Other’s are more obvious, and forager chef has great pictures of a number of different species if you’d like to try to pin yours down.
Regardless of the species, they’re generally white in color, sometimes tinged with yellow or pink. Some specimens start out with a pink tinge, only to mature to a whiter color. As the mushrooms age, they’ll yellow and discolor until they’re a faded orange when past prime.
The main way to identify lion’s mane mushrooms is by the icicle-like teeth hanging from a central stalk. While they start off relatively short, the teeth grow to be over 1 centimeter long, sometimes much longer.
If you open a mature lion’s mane mushroom, you’ll find that there’s little body to speak of and it’s just a large cluster of icicle-like mushroom teeth.
Since lion’s mane has no look-alikes, I wasn’t intending to do a spore print. I happened on one walking near my house with the kids, plucked it off and came inside to set it on a plate before going back out to finish our game of hide and seek.
A few hours later when I came back in there was a nice white spore print on the black plate. Notice also that the mushroom had already started to degenerate at room temperature. These are cool-weather mushrooms, and while it was happily growing outdoors in our 40 degree autumn days, just a few hours at indoor room temperature caused it to start browning.
LION’S MANE MUSHROOM HOST TREES
What trees do lion’s mane mushrooms grow on? While they’re most commonly found on beech trees (around here anyway), they readily grow on just about any hardwood species including oak, maple, and beech.
Hericium species will attack and kill host trees, growing first on the dying wood, and then on the dead and downed logs. I’ve read that others only grow on dead wood as decomposers and do not attack living trees. Thus far, I’ve only found them on living beech trees that were severely weakened by beech canker.
We spend a lot of time in our woods in September and October foraging beech nuts. Trees infected with beech canker tend to produce empty nut husks since they’re weakened and cannot muster the energy for a good wild nut crop.
While they may not produce tasty nuts, they are an excellent place to forage lion’s mane mushrooms.
WHEN TO FIND LION’S MANE MUSHROOMS
The season for lion’s mane mushrooms will largely depend on your climate. They’re a cool-weather mushroom, and here in Vermont, they’re common in foliage season.