Bears Tooth Mushroom September 09 2014, 0 Comments

Hello West Coast Wild Foods fans,

Bears Tooth Mushroom (Hercicium erinaceus) is a choice edible as well as medicinal mushroom. Bears Tooth Mushroom is also known by different names such as Lion's Mane and Pom Pom Mushroom. Bears Tooth has a strong, meaty and firm texture. Due to its texture, it is often used as a substitute for pork or lamb in Chinese vegetarian cuisine. As the name suggests, it is a unique looking mushroom. It has many spine like tentacles growing from one central root mass. The Bears Tooth is prized by chefs around the world for its wonderful flavor. The profile can be characterised by its strong mushroom undertones and amazing freshness as well as a hint of the sea.

Besides its incredible flavour, it is traditionally used in China and Japan because of its medical properties. Research suggests tat Hericium erinaceus causes brain neurons to regrow, and thereby potentially helping senility by repairing neurological degradation as well as increasing intelligence and improving reflexes. Hericium erinaceus contains molecules known as hericenones and erinacines, which are suspected to stimulate nerve growth factor. Lack of nerve growth factor is considered to be one of the causes for neurological problems such as Alzheimer's and dementia. Hericium erinaceus is not a cure for Alzheimer's disease but slowing down the effects that Alzheimer's can have on a person's life. Studies also show that Hericium erinaceus may be a cancer fighter and anti-tumoral.

 

Butter Poached Bears Tooth Mushrooms

(Serves: 4)

 

Ingredients

100g-200g WCWF Bears Tooth Mushroom

1/2 cup butter

1/4 cup dry white wine

1/4 cup chicken stock

1 large clove garlic, coarsely chopped

1/8th tsp kosher sale

1/8th tsp black pepper

1 tsp fresh parsley, finely minced

 

Instructions

  1. Place all the poaching ingredients except the mushroom and parsley in a small pot and bring temperature to 160F over med-low to low heat
  2. Add the mushroom and allow poaching for 30 minutes. Add the parsley and poach another 5 minutes
  3. It is great as a side dish or serves over grilled steaks. Enjoy!