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What are Hedgehog Mushrooms?

Mary McMahon
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Updated May 16, 2024
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The hedgehog mushroom is a fungus delicacy which can be found growing in the forests of North America. Many mushroom hunters prize the hedgehog mushroom for its flavor, which is described as sweet and nutty, paired with a slightly crunchy texture that is quite pleasing to the palate. Hedgehogs are also known by a variety of aliases including sweet tooth mushroom and pig's trotter, in a nod to the flavor and appearance of the hedgehog mushroom.

The proper scientific name of the hedgehog mushroom is Hydnum repandum. In appearance, the hedgehog mushroom has a medium sized orange to beige fruiting body abundantly decorated with small drooping teeth on the underside. The cap of the hedgehog mushroom has a small depression, and will begin to turn up at the sides as the mushroom grows older. The stem and flesh of the hedgehog mushroom are a creamy white in addition to being delicious.

Hedgehog mushrooms are used dried and fresh in a variety of cuisines. Many edible fungi have minimal flavor, and are considered edible primarily because they will not poison consumers. The hedgehog mushroom, however, has a strong characteristic flavor and odor which becomes even more intense when the mushrooms are dried. The flesh of the mushroom is very resilient, even crunchy when raw, but remaining firm when cooked as well. Cooked fresh hedgehogs often remind consumers of meat, because the texture is so hearty.

Hedgehog mushrooms are less delicate than other species as well. When fresh, the flavor and texture are better if the mushrooms are added at the end of the cooking process to sauces and side dishes, but hedgehogs can be baked and stewed and will retain their excellent flavor. Dried hedgehogs can be used in any imaginable dish, although they are quite popular in stews and stuffings which involve lengthy cooking times. These types of dishes bring out the flavor of the mushroom to complement the other ingredients.

The hedgehog mushroom has a symbiotic relationship with the trees it grows around. This means that if a patch of hedgehog mushrooms is found, it can be returned to year after year for a reliable crop. For this reason, many mushroom hunters are cagey about where they find the delicious mushrooms, to prevent poaching. It is an excellent choice for inexperienced mushroom hunters, but the identification should always be verified by someone with more experience and education.

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Mary McMahon
By Mary McMahon

Ever since she began contributing to the site several years ago, Mary has embraced the exciting challenge of being a DelightedCooking researcher and writer. Mary has a liberal arts degree from Goddard College and spends her free time reading, cooking, and exploring the great outdoors.

Discussion Comments

By galen84basc — On Oct 04, 2010

I've been looking through my "Edible Wild Mushrooms of North America" guide, and all of their pictures of edible mushrooms seem really clear.

Is that how it really is when you go out looking for them? For instance, all the pictures I see of hedgehog mushrooms have very clearly defined spikes and look really distinctive, but are they really like that, or are those only perfect specimens?

I'd like to know before I go out mushroom picking next weekend, so I don't end up poisoning myself!

By EarlyForest — On Oct 04, 2010

What a cute name for a mushroom. I think that the hedgehog mushroom may have to become my next favorite after puffball mushrooms -- those are just too cute, they're still my number one faves.

By rallenwriter — On Oct 04, 2010

Unfortunately I haven't ventured too far into the world of gourmet mushrooms, chanterelle and porcini mushrooms are about as far as I've gotten.

But these sound really good! When I buy hedgehog mushrooms, should I look for dried mushrooms, or fresh ones?

I'm not planning on going out and trying to pick them on my own, even though they do grow around my home -- I don't have enough confidence in my skills to decipher my old mushroom field guide for that -- but I'd love to try them.

So what are the best tips for buying hedgehog mushrooms?

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