FLAVOR PROFILE: Lion's Mane (Hericium erinaceus)

FLAVOR PROFILE: Lion's Mane (Hericium erinaceus)
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Today’s profile: Hericium erinaceus aka Lion’s mane
These mushrooms may look like something from the deep depths of the ocean (or maybe you just want to cuddle or pet them), but they are actually a lovely, tender, and tasty mushroom that is native to the Northern United States (and Canada). In fact, there are at least 3 types of Hericium found in the Northeast. Check out those hardwoods in the fall...
And what do these beauties taste like? The flavor (and texture) is very similar to lobster or crab. It is meaty and delicate. Our favorite recipe is to make crab cakes (substituting the crab with lion’s mane) and you’ll be hard-pressed to tell the difference. The recipe is on our website. They also sauté nicely with a little butter (at the end, of course).
Lion’s mane has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties that may benefit brain health, memory, boost focus, and improve mood. It may also help stimulate nerve growth factor (NGF) and brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), both are proteins that stimulate the production of new cells and strengthen existing ones.
We have fresh lion’s mane and powder available year round.
Please note...we do not recommend petting an actual lion’s mane...lol