A Sweet tooth for Hedgehog mushrooms

14 Sep


This is a choice edible mushroom I’ve enjoyed eating for a number of years now though I never seen them as plentiful as I did here today.


Hydnum repandum is known as the Sweet tooth mushroom in North America and the Hedgehog mushroom in english speaking areas of Europe.


Some of these young mushrooms were weighing around 6 ozs so the basket was filling quickly, the cap color is very lively looking and really stands out from a good distance.


This mushroom is very good cooked in butter low and slow in a covered pan for 30 to 40 minutes. I usually remove the soft spike teeth before cooking as they scrape away very easy. The mushrooms will give of their liquids in around the 15 minute mark and then they will absorb them again in the last few minutes.


By far my best collection of Hydnum repandum ever, as you can see a few Lobster mushrooms and Russulas along with at the back between the baskets a nice 5 lb Chaga mushroom horn which I’ll do a post on later. ciao


4 Responses to “A Sweet tooth for Hedgehog mushrooms”

  1. LadyBlueRose's Thoughts Into Words September 15, 2013 at 1:03 am #

    do they have a sweet taste? like chocolate, sugar sweet…peach sweet…
    these look pretty and I would have loved to use in a floral arrangement …
    Thanks for sharing
    Take Care…

    • 1left September 15, 2013 at 10:10 am #

      maryrose, they actually taste slightly bitter and some folks soak them in milk before cooking them, a fruity aroma appears while drying which is nice and may be the reason for the name Sweet tooth becoming popular in N.A. ciao

      • LadyBlueRose's Thoughts Into Words September 15, 2013 at 11:53 am #

        interesting ..I would have expected the taste to follow the name…

      • 1left September 15, 2013 at 8:30 pm #

        maryrose, today I have 2 food dryers full of Sweet tooth mushroom and the aroma is not so fruity as I had expected in fact the house smells like toffee and the mushrooms also stain the hands a toffee color as well, so I think I’m on to where the Sweet tooth moniker came from for Hydnum repandum. ciao

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