These Dried Trumpet Mushrooms are funnel-shaped fungi and have no visible fins or spore structures. They thrive in nearly any moist environment and have no poisonous lookalikes making them a good mushroom for beginning foragers. Their flavor is earthy and meaty.
Suggestions: Use these Dried Trumpet Mushrooms to build unctuous flavors, especially when limiting meat and animal products. Rehydrate and use in a stuffing for a Whole Rabbit.
About Trumpet Mushrooms
Pleurotus eryngii (also known as King Trumpet Mushroom, French Horn Mushroom, King Oyster mushroom, King Brown Mushroom, Boletus Of The Steppes, Trumpet Royale, Ali’i Oyster) is an edible mushroom native to the Mediterranean regions of Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa, but also grown in many parts of Asia.
P. eryngii is the largest species in the oyster mushroom genus, Pleurotus, which also contains the oyster mushroom Pleurotus ostreatus. It has a thick, meaty white stem and a small tan cap (in young specimens). Its natural range extends from the Atlantic Ocean through the Mediterranean Basin and Central Europe into Western Asia and India. Unlike other species of Pleurotus, which are wood-decay fungi, the P. eryngii complex are weak parasites on the roots of herbaceous plants, although they may also be cultured on organic wastes.