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Lobster mushrooms have a color similar to that of cooked lobster shell, with bright, fiery orange beneath the spotted or mottled cap. The gills of the host mushroom almost disappear under the parasitic fungus, leaving the area somewhat rippled and the cap disfigured. The texture of the Lobster mushroom’s flesh is granular and brittle. The taste benefits from multiple layers of flavor from the host mushrooms and often Hypomyces lactifluorum intensifies the nuances of its host. Lobster mushrooms are popular for their robust flavor and aroma, which can sometimes mirror that of seafood or lobster.
Lobster mushrooms are available in the fall, though they can be found as early as mid-summer.
The Lobster mushroom is actually an example of a fungus attacking another mushroom. Hypomyces lactifluorum most commonly attacks and parasitizes the brittle white mushroom, Russula brevipes or the peppery mushroom, Lactarius piperatus. Hypomyces lactifluorum leaves the host mushroom with a bright orange coating and eventually twists the fungus into odd shapes, transforming into the “Lobster mushroom.”
Lobster mushrooms are a source of carbohydrates and contain a small amount of protein and fiber.
Lobster mushrooms hold their texture after cooking; they may be added to stuffing or baked pasta dishes as well as simple broth soups and cream sauces. Add the brightly-colored mushrooms to soups, stews and terrines. Slice thin; sauté with onions and new potatoes, add to omelets or scrambled eggs. Lobster mushrooms make a great dried mushroom as the drying process captures their rich flavor qualities and preserves them. Store refrigerated in a paper bag for up to one week.
Hypomyces is Greek for “mushroom underneath” as a nod to the process by which a Lobster mushroom is formed. These brightly-colored orange mushrooms can be used as dye for wool, fabrics and some paper.
Lobster mushrooms can be found growing under hemlock trees in North America, specifically in the Pacific Northwest and in Canada and in Europe.
Recipes that include Lobster Mushrooms. One is easiest, three is harder.
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Whole Foods Market
Whole Foods Market - InterbayNear Seattle, Washington, United States
2001 15th Avenue W, Seattle 98119
About 200 days ago, 9/11/16
Spotter's comments : Lobster Mushrooms spotted at Whole Foods Market. Wild harvested California Lobster Mushrooms go well in soups and stews. Thin sliced and sautéed with onions as well ;)
Hillcrest Farmers Market Near San Diego, California, United States
About 214 days ago, 8/28/16
Spotter's comments : Lobster Mushrooms spotted at Hillcrest Farmers Market.
Gentelman Forager, Minneapolis MN Near Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
About 586 days ago, 8/22/15
Pike Place Market
Sosio's Produce In Pike Place MarketNear Seattle, Washington, United States
1st Ave and Pike St., Seattle 98101
About 600 days ago, 8/07/15
Spotter's comments : Lobster Mushrooms spotted at Pike Place Market. Wild Lobster Mushrooms for $29.95lb!!!
Uwajimaya Near Seattle, Washington, United States
About 604 days ago, 8/03/15