hedgehog fungus

[English] plural hedgehog fungus mushrooms

Hedgehog fungi are cream-coloured mushrooms, excellent to eat, easily found in woods from late summer to late autumn (US: fall). They have a sort of downy white stem leading up to a cap which is centrally depressed and under which are masses of little spines, giving the mushroom its English name. It is quite a good mushroom to collect as it is easily distinguished from other mushrooms, is a relative of the chanterelle, and, like it, has good flavour and good retention of texture on long cooking. (If gathering mushrooms you must be absolutely certain what you have before you eat them as many are very poisonous.)

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